New Clear Tray Aligners System Overview

XYZ, an aligner company, offers you the possibility of exporting STL flies and producing a small portion of all aligners at your office, while the company manufactures the bulk of aligner trays off site.

XYZ offers three (3) different workflow options;

  • Two of them use CAD software and algorithms that expedite the design process, allowing the orthodontist to fully or partially design the treatment (20 to 60 minutes, based on the staff’s proficiency and the complexity of the case). Afterwards, the orthodontist can download the aligner tray files and manufacture a portion of the aligners in the office.
  • One of them use the regular prescription creation process and revision with a set up technician (not a CAD software)

 

For the purposes of this discussion, please consider that:

  • The offering is priced appropriately.
  • XYZ may provide recommendations around 3D printer options and aligner materials but will not provide the actual printer, printing material or the aligner material.
  • Placing attachments on the first few aligner trays would depend on your preference (length of the appointment, wanting to carry materials for and manufacture attachment template).

All workflows allow you to design and manufacture aligners, retainers and attachment templates, as well as replacement for damaged or lost aligners.

 

WORKFLOW 1 (“You Design”)

Using CAD software provided by the company, the orthodontist designs the full treatment, including staging, attachments, IPR, etc. A portion tray aligner files could be exported and manufactured in the office. The orthodontist could potentially give aligners to their patients in as little time as it would take him/her to design and manufacture the first few stages, potentially the same day as the initial visit. The remaining aligners would be manufactured by XYZ and shipped to the doctor’s office within 2-3 weeks.

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WORKFLOW 2 (“You Prescribe”)

Using XYZ’s prescription platform, the orthodontist creates a prescription and works with the company’s set-up technician to finalize the treatment plan. This process could take several revisions and a few days however the orthodontist wouldn’t be tasked with designing the full treatment. After the treatment plan has been approved by the orthodontist, a portion of the files could be downloaded to manufacture in-house and start treatment at a second appointment, possibly only a couple of days after the initial visit (or as soon as the plan is approved) while the rest of the aligners are manufactured by XYZ and later shipped to the doctor’s office.

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WORKFLOW 3 (“Hybrid”)

Using CAD software provided by the company, the orthodontist designs and manufactures in the office 1 to 3 stages to get treatment started. The orthodontist could potentially give aligners to the patient in as little time as it would take him/her to design and manufacture the first few stages, potentially the same day as the initial visit.

Afterwards, the orthodontists can use the company platform to create a prescription, working with the company’s set-up technician to design the final treatment plan, starting from the last stage initially provided to the patient.

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