Research Article| Volume 11, ISSUE 6, P182-189, December 2022

In-house three-dimensional printing within the digital orthodontic workflow

Published:November 05, 2022DOI:


      • The orthodontic digital workflow involves intraoral scanning through to three-dimensional (3D) printing.
      • It only takes several hours from scan to retainer (and even aligner) fit with in-house 3D printing.
      • In-house 3D printing empowers orthodontists to take full control of aligner treatments.
      • Fusion (hybrid) orthodontics, enabled by in-house appliance provision, offers versatile and fully patient-centric treatment.


      Intraoral scanning techniques, and the associated software, have revolutionized model acquisition, analysis, and virtual planning in orthodontics. Three-dimensional printing is the final aspect of this digital workflow, converting these virtual models and simulations of the tooth and occlusal movements into physical reality. This article provides an insight into how in-house three-dimensional printing is now a feasible and transformative reality for many orthodontic settings and how this empowers orthodontists to optimize their patient care.


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