3D Printed Braces as a DUI Project?

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It has been well established for some time that custom, transparent aligners can mirror the effects of those old-fashioned braces many of us grew up with. Companies like InvisAlign have made significant inroads over time espousing the value of this approach, even snagging the tacit endorsement of a certain A List star on the world’s biggest stage.

This bright young student more or less “invented” a makeshift version of the same process we use here at Scan Implant Guide, moedling his teeth digitally, and then creating a tooth aligner on his own dime:

From here, he created animations where each of the crooked teeth traveled into their desired positions. This involved measuring the total distance each would shift and dividing it by the maximum recommended distance a tooth can travel per aligner. He then produced models for each of the separate steps in his alignment using a Stratasys Dimension 1200es in the lab at NJIT, which he said allowed him an x, y accuracy of under 1 mm (0.4 in).

The results speak for themselves, and of course they underscore the power that 3D printing brings to all of us: If you can conceive a simple device or form, then you can make it precisely as you have envisioned.

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