The past two decades have seen a tremendous increase in the introduction of technology into the field of orthodontics. Rapid advancements and decreasing production cost for computer hardware and software technology, CAD-CAM appliances, 3D imaging and 3D printing have made it possible to incorporate these technology into clinical practice. However, the basic question remains “what is really useful, what is not, and what is best for our patient?” This lecture will highlight current available technology, shows clinical cases using the technology, and examine the data (or lack of data) regarding their effectiveness.
Discuss 3D Imaging technology and highlight current and future applications in orthodontics.
Discuss the pros and cons of incorporating a 3D laboratory into a clinical practice.
Examine “custom” computer designed brackets, wires and discuss the current available data on their efficacy.