3Shape has announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted 510(k) USA market clearance for the 3Shape Ortho System clear aligner workflow.
The 3Shape Ortho System clear aligner workflow is used in 3Shape’s Clear Aligner Studio software. Because of this, USA dental professionals can now use 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio to design and produce their own orthodontic clear aligner treatments.
3Shape Clear Aligner Studio guides professionals through the case analysis, setup, and staging, and exports to print for production.
Using simple and intuitive workflows, the software provides analysis of arch shapes, overjet/overbite, Bolton ratios, occlusion, and spaces. From there, virtual setups can be created and subdivided into the clear aligner stages needed. Attachments and interproximal reduction can also be added to the treatment plan and when planning is complete, sub-setups can be prepared for printing. Production files can be exported for 3D printing and vacuum forming. The software is compatible with a wide range of 3D printers.
“Around the world, hundreds of thousands of clear aligners are produced every year using 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio. It is very exciting that USA professionals now have the same opportunity to take total control of their design, budgeting, and production of clear aligners,” says Allan Hyldal, Vice President of 3Shape Orthodontics.
Like all 3Shape solutions, 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio is open. Professionals are free to decide how much of the workflow they want to do in-house and/or seamlessly send to design and production partners.
Because the workflow is digital, treatment planning and simulations can be shared onscreen with patients as well as between practice and lab via the 3Shape Communicate cloud platform.