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Annual Session 2022

AS22B55 - In-Office or Outsourced Aligners: Is There Only One Answer?

May 22, 2022 2:10pm ‐ May 22, 2022 3:10pm

Credits: None available.


In times of economic distress, businesses often re-evaluate their operations and expenses. Orthodontists are no different. And with the incorporation of digital technology and reasonable priced 3D printers, many have begun to question whether the costly lab bill from third party aligner manufacturers is worth the expense. For some, in-office aligners is the obvious choice. For others, outsourced aligners are a better choice. And for others, utilizing both options may provide and optimal solution. This presentation will outline the various factors that go into making this decision.

Learning Objectives:

  • Appreciate the factors critical to deciding whether in-office our outsourced aligner manufacture is more appropriate for your practice.
  • Understand the equipment necessary to implement a digital lab.
  • Appreciate the digital workflow for in-office and outsourced aligner manufacturing.



  • Christian Groth, DDS, MS : Consultant: 3M OralCare; Stock Shareholder: Smile Doctors, Motor City Lab Works
  • Jason Cope, DDS, PhD : Consultant: SprintRay, uLab, Voxel Dental, VaTech; Stock Shareholder: uLab; Other: CopestheticCE (Owner)
Tags: Tech Talk


Credits: None available.

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