Digital orthodontics has led to a proliferation of custom appliances, including clear aligner systems and both custom lingual and buccal fixed appliances. The same technology that has facilitated the current disruption of the orthodontic marketplace, also presents opportunities to improve the care we offer our patients. In-house 3D printing of not just clear aligners, but also fixed appliances, have the potential to revolutionize orthodontic practice. In this lecture I will show how a custom lingual fixed appliance system can be fabricated In-house using 3D printing. This same technology could be extended to the fabrication of In-house custom buccal appliances.
Recognize a custom orthodontic appliance system.
Define the digital work flow associated with the fabrication of a custom lingual fixed appliance.
Define the equipment requirements for In-house fabrication of fixed appliances.