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Next Gen Orthodontics: 3D printing to fabricate In-house custom appliances

In-house custom orthodontics is on the horizon.  With the advent of of accurate and inexpensive resin 3D printing it is now obvious to many that in-house clear aligners are the future of specialty orthodontic care.  As market penetration of intraoral scanner approaches 100% among orthodontic specialists the means to manifest these “models” physically cannot be far behind.  Over the next 5 years there will be an explosion of resin 3D printing in orthodontic office around the world.

Once an orthodontist has the ability to manufacture a same day or same appointment Essix type retainers using their 3D printers instead the alginate and stone technology from the last century; how far behind can be in-house clear aligner for the correction of minor problems such as food impaction spaces, minor rotations and orthodontic relapse?

3D printing to fabricate custom orthodontic brackets
An STL custom base with bracket attached. this custom base STL is 3D printed in medical grade stainless steel. The resulting bractet is shown in the next figure.
3D printing to fabricate custom orthodontic brackets
A lingual molar bracket laser welded to a custom base 3D printed in medical grade stainless steel

3D printing has the potential to revolutionize orthodontics.  Rather than working with third party entities to purchase stock fixed orthodontic appliance systems or in some cases using third party entities for the fabrication custom fixed appliance systems such as Invisalign or Incognito we will soon have the ability to fabricate these appliance systems in-house.  We believe that many cutting edge orthodontist will soon be printing in-house custom appliances for their patient using both resin and metal 3D printing technology.  At Riolo Orthodontic we have been employing these technologies to improve the care we offer our patients.  We are dedicated to providing the best possible orthodontic care aesthetically.  We believe that not only should your smile look great after treatment but it should also look great during treatment!

Riolo Orthodontics: expand our 3D printing capabilities

INNOVATION AND CUTTING EDGE OF DIGITAL DENTISTRY

Riolo Orthodontics has been using our FormLabs2 printer for a year and it has improve care and convenience for our patients.  3D printing enables us to provide same day retainers and incorporate provisional replacement teeth into your orthodontic appliance.  These advantages have resulted in a large increase in demand for these printing services. Our practice has grown to the point that we have decided to expand our printing capabilities and have acquired a new Juell 3D printer made by Park Dental

3D printing improves orthodontic care
3D printing allow same day retainer delivery and replacement of missing anterior teeth integrated into the patients orthodontic treatment

Our 3D printing technology has improved care for our patients by enabling us to provide retainers the same day as the braces removal and printing temporary replacement teeth used during treatment.

3D PRINTING IN A FLASH

  • JUELL 3D is one of the fastest 3D printers on the market today, Print orthodontic models for complete clear aligner treatment in under 30 minutes without compromising resolution or accuracy.
  • Builds at speeds as fast as 7 seconds per layer!
  • Unbelievable accuracy achieved by using enhanced UV/DLP/LED technology and JUELL 3D Flash OC software to project an HD image with 1920 x 1080p resolution.
  • Print from an intra-oral or tabletop scanner using .stl, .obj, .3ds or .amf file.
  • Print jobs are scalable. Build a quadrant or 18 arches with supports! The layer build time remains the same.

How the Juell 3D printer works

First we take a scan with our intra-oral digital scanner. subsequently, the digital model of the teeth is edited, a base is added and holes are filled and the model is smoothed out. The digital model is then uploaded to the 3D printer. The Juell printer employs SLA (Stereolithography) printing technology which hardens photo sensitive resin layer by layer with a ultraviolet light.  Each small layer builds on the last.  This SLA technology is used in the production many orthodontic appliances including Invisalign.

The benefits of the Digital orthodontics and 3D printing for patients

Our TruDefinition intra-oral scanner is less invasive and more convenient than the traditional impressions.  The 3D scan and 3D printing is also more accurate than impressions so the retainer will fit your teeth perfectly.  Since the these digital models are printed in house we can turn these models around the same day!  We also can fabricate custom pontics (replacement teeth) in house and integrate these teeth into your custom orthodontic appliance system.

Retainers for a lifetime!

All of our models are stored digitally and we give our patients copies of their final printed models of their teeth.  In addition, as a direct result of our 3D printing capabilities Riolo Orthodontics now offers replacement retainers for a lifetime.

 

Some Questions and Answers Regarding Incognito Braces

Incognito Braces
Incognito Braces

Q: Would that treatment plan be as effective using braces behind the teeth as conventional braces?

A: Custom made brackets are more efficient than standard stock brackets that are mass produced for the “average” person.  The standard prescription in the stock bracket is not ideal for any individual.  It is produced to be as close to the correct prescription for the greatest number of patients and thereby is correct for no single individual. Theoretically, custom lingual is more efficient especially in terms of treatment time and precision. The literature show this and I have noticed a difference clinically; that being said it is possible to get an excellent result with either product.Read more on Some Questions and Answers Regarding Incognito Braces…

We are heading to San Francisco for the 2015 annual AAO meeting

115th annual session of the AAO
115th annual session of the AAO

The American Association of orthodontists are holding their annual meeting in San Francisco May 15th through the 19th and our office will be there.  We will be attending lectures and working to stay on the cutting edge of orthodontic technology as well as having a little fun!  We will also be attending the ALOA, American Lingual Orthodontic Read more on We are heading to San Francisco for the 2015 annual AAO meeting…