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One of the most frustrating thing many dentistry patients experience is the time they must wait for their orthodontics to be made and ready for them. The waiting time for many types of orthodontics will soon decrease dramatically. There are now 3D printers entering the market that will make it possible to produce various types of orthodontia in a fraction of the time using traditional methods. Dental practices and facilities of various sizes will now be able to quickly produce items on site that previously required using a third party to produce.
According to an article in TCT Magazine, “By transitioning to a fully digital work flow, the process of physical impressions can be eliminated as well, improving patient satisfaction. Models can also be stored digitally, so bulky physical models no longer have to take up space.”
The technology utilized to produce the orthodontics is small enough to be put on top of a desk. It comes with dental materials in cartridges. It is able to produce everything from clear aligners, retainers, surgical guides and more. It uses thin layers of material and creates extremely accurate models. Each print run over is able to create approximately 19 models.
3D printing of orthodontics provides a platform for many dental offices to make digital dentistry a part of their practice. It will enable smaller dental labs to decrease their delivery times to customers. More customers will be able to be helped as production capacity increases. Since all of the work is stored digitally, it requires no additional storage capacity for models.
The 3D printing method is a dependable system. There are only a few consumable components utilized and it has minimal moving parts. Using this method does not require elaborate training. It's an office friendly plug-and-play system that comes with its own touch screen. Replacement parts are low cost and creates little material waste.