The ground-breaking success of 3D printing has made a lot of tasks easier, faster, and better. Such is the use of a 3D printer in orthodontics to bring out that beautiful and healthy smile.
Once a 3D scan is completed, orthodontists can replicate the model and have it printed out in 3D. From there, you can measure and actualize the dental procedure before applying the final layout on the patient without becoming a live model during the early stage.
The process of intra-oral scanning the layout of the patient’s gums and the entire mouth takes no longer than 15 minutes. Once done, you can show your patient the view of their inner mouth, and then discuss the dental treatment they will undergo via simulation before printing a 3D stereolithographic model of the needed material for the dental procedure.
With a 3D view of the patient’s mouth, orthodontics has better ways to understand the structure of the patient’s dental and nerve structures. In this way, it can greatly reduce any risk of hitting nerves should there be a need to drill or see other hard-to-reach areas, which might contribute to the problem.
3D printing has been in the market for decades now, but the introduction of this technology to the dental industry is new. Compared to the old plaster model, a 3D model is accurate and has a higher level of detail. How fast is the printing of the model? Once your patient agrees with the dental procedure, all you need to do is send the digital copy of the impression to an orthodontics lab for printing.
Undoubtedly, the introduction of 3D technology has greatly contributed to the improvement of many dental procedures. It made the process faster while the model is more accurate than the traditional process of biting the impression material for which, as many patients would agree, seems uneasy. Simply put, the 3D technology made dental procedures more patient-friendly.