How does 3D Printing Work?

How does 3D Printing Work?

Posted by Lawless Orthodontics May 17, 2023

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Lawless Orthodontics is the only practice in the region utilizing 3D printing to deliver both in-house aligners and retainers. We are able to produce these aligners and retainers for our patients within a matter of minutes. The printing process has very few steps and is minimally invasive. Initially, a patient will receive a scan from one of our trained clinicians. The scanner digitally captures the structure of the teeth and gums using the latest optical technology. The scanner is a compact, hand-held wand, and the scan takes two to three minutes to complete.

This scan acts as a prescription, which is digitally sent to our in-house lab. Once our lab has received the digital scan of your teeth, the initial case setup is completed in our software. Next, our lab-tech utilizes the software to acquire the proper movements necessary to achieve treatment goals. With this prescription, our 3D printers will then print a 3D resin model of your teeth. These resin models are exact replicas of your teeth our experienced lab technician utilizes to create your retainers or aligners.

If you would like more information on our in-house aligners or want to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call Bowling Green, KY, location at (270) 781-1025 or visit our website at

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