How It Works

Get to know the aligner fabrication process.

  1. 1. Scan

    An intraoral scanner essentially replaces the need for oral impressions. The device scans a patient’s full dental arches with an occlusal registration.

    What you’ll need:
    Intraoral Scanner
    Related Resources:
    How to Scan

    Move Files

    Since there are no physical impressions, it’s important to have the right resources in place to properly store, edit and transfer digital files. Our partners can simplify the process.

    What you’ll need:
    Digital Workflow Software
    Related Resources:
    How to Move Files
  2. 2. Digital Set-Up

    Tooth movement software helps create a final digital setup and helps determine the staging of movement throughout aligner treatment.

  3. 3. Print

    3D printers create accurate models for orthodontic retainers, aligners, and other appliances. The partner products we recommend have been fully tested and proven effective in dental and orthodontic settings.

  4. 4. Fabricate

    Thermoform machines apply heat and pressure to adapt the aligner plastic to the printed model. Well-adapted aligner material will lead to improved fit for the patient.

  5. 5. Package

    The right marketing, branding and packaging can instill confidence in your practice – and in the aligner treatments you deliver.

    What you’ll need:
    Related Resources:
    How to Package In-House Aligners

Learn more about aligner fabrication through videos and guides from AAO TechSelect experts.

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