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3D printing for Orthodontics has recently joined the fray alongside other 3D printing taking place within the world of dentistry. Considering how much 3D printing in general is already profoundly changing how we make nearly everything, it's no surprise that fields such as Orthodontics would benefit greatly. But while it's going to benefit orthodontists at a superior level, it's also going to help the dental patient exponentially.
Creating Molds Based on Scans
3D printers like the ObJet30 Orthodesk can already allow the printing of molds without the need for physical impressions. This obviously saves time and discomfort for the patient who used to have to endure the long impression process that would sometimes take an hour. Considering the above printer is also very portable, it can easily fit in the orthodontist's small to mid-size office.
What makes 3D printing for molds even more efficient is that the models made are stored digitally for later reference. New impressions can be made based on the stored scans of a person's upper or lower teeth.
The above printer uses special materials to give durability to molds and even creating dental pieces for temporary use in the patient's mouth. Using a rigid and opaque material called VeroDent, it can create durable models of bridges for reference any time the orthodontist needs it. The models print in a peach-like color and renders perfect detail from the patient scans.
And while it might amaze a patient that a temporary dental device printed off a 3D printer can fit in their mouth, it's now possible. With the use of a clear material called Bio-Compatible, the ObJet30 printer above creates temporary dental devices that fit into the mouth perfectly.
Creating Crowns and Bridges
Imagine being able to get a crown made right in your orthodontist's office. Previously, it involved a lengthier wait to get a crown and going through dental design companies specializing in creating crowns and bridges manually.
The time and money saved on creating crowns and bridges in the office is going to change orthodontics forever. It's going to lower prices for the patient, plus save them time. For the orthodontist, it's likely going to help them get more business based on the public knowledge of efficiency and price.
Yet, this is only the beginning of what 3D printing is currently doing in the world of dentistry. This printing technology is also covering every other side of dentistry recently. It's all thanks to the ability of taking a mouth scan and turning the image into computer-aided design first so the print comes out 100% accurate.