3D Printing

Digital Impressions for Oral Appliances

The art of 3D printing has revolutionized many different industries, and with Formlabs Form 2 desktop 3D printer, we can now revolutionize the way we design and create oral appliances for a wide variety of applications. Traditionally, designing a custom oral appliance requires creating a mold of your teeth and dental ridges. By contrast, we can digitally measure your teeth and oral structures and capture highly precise measurements without having to place uncomfortable molding material over them. The Form 2 brings the high-resolution print quality of industrial 3D printing to an innovative desktop model that allows us to transform the way many patients improve their oral health.

The Benefits of Form 2 3D Printing

The Form 2 printer utilizes a high-powered optical engine and rapid, high-precision lasers to create detailed splints, retainers, aligners, and nightguards with impressive precision. Each appliance is crafted from Formlabs advanced dental model resin or dental LT clear resin (depending on the specific product being printed), which are biocompatible materials that offer lifelike crispness and comfort. By using the advanced 3D printing system to design and create custom appliances, patients can benefit in several different ways, including:

  • More comfortable and less messy process – Unlike traditional dental molds, the resins do not leave behind any residue so there’s no mess to clean up. With the printer, we can perform all of the design and fabrification services that typically require a lab all within our office.
  • Improved treatment results – In addition to being less messy and more comfortable, digital models and molds are also more highly accurate in their dimensions, meaning your appliance will offer improved results for your treatment and reduced risks of needing adjustments later.
  • Faster turnaround times for your appliance – Creating your appliance in-house also means that you won’t have to wait for your appliance to be crafted in an off-site lab. Many patients can receive their custom appliances the same day they visit, which significantly reduces the time and costs they have to invest in their treatment.

Learn More About 3D Printing

With the Formlabs Form 2 3D printing technology, we can custom-design and create highly precise and comfortable mouthguards and oral appliances. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213. Located in Lake Orion, MI, we also proudly serve the residents of Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills, Clarkston, Oxford, all surrounding communities.