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How to Make In-House Aligners

Get to know the aligner fabrication process.

As you explore the options for your new in-house aligner lab and to refer back to as you implement, AAO TechSelect is here to help you learn more about the process and how it will work within your practice.

1. Scan

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.

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.

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2. Digital Set-Up

2. Digital Set-Up

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

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3. Print

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.

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4. Fabricate

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 fir for the patient.

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5. Package

5. Package

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