Orthodontic dental technology demands a various set of skills and understanding to aid the patients’ treatment and properly align teeth.This requires communication with the orthodontic clinician and a series of potentialoral appliances to achieve optimal results.Traditionally, much of the work relied heavilyupon less accurate alginate impressions, whichwere turned into stone (gypsum) models of the hard oral environment. These models were used to manufacture orthodontic appliances, such asacrylic retainers, mouth guards, spacers and archexpanders. Orthodontic appliance manufacturingis an incredibly laborious process that requires a heightened level of expertise to properly completeand provide the patient with optimal results.Digital technology decreases costs, workloadsand human errors by automating the dental model abricating process with 3D printing. This new technology also increases accuracy and efficiency.3D printing also helps eliminate potential shortfallsand increase appointment options throughdigital dentistry.

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