Retainers and Aligners

Produce retainers and aligners in-house to improve patient experience and streamline your workflow.

Dentistry with the Form 2

✓ No physical impression process
✓ Reduces labor cost
✓ Decreases number of patient visits
✓ Highly accurate

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Dr. Sean Holliday, DDS, MS owns Holliday Orthodontics with three locations in Hawaii. Since the practice opened in 2004, he has been committed to advancing the practice of digital dentistry through continuing education. Third-party labs used to charge Dr. Holliday $35 for a single retainer with a 3-week lead time. With the Form 2 3D printer, he produces a retainer for $2 in less than 3 hours.

“When using third party labs [to make plastic retainers], it can become costly with additional laboratory fees and shipping costs. The shipping adds many days, sometimes even weeks, to the fabrication process.”

To create a retainer, Dr. Holliday begins by using an intraoral scanner to produce a 3D scan of a patient’s teeth. He exports the scan data into PreForm, an easy-to-use software that prepares the model for the printer. Next, he prints the model on the Form 2 in Standard Resin. After printing, he adds an intermediary layer to the 3D print and uses a pressure former to vacuum-form a retainer onto the model. The entire process takes just a few hours, saving him time and money.

Dr. Holliday uses desktop 3D printing to eliminate the discomfort of physical impressions and to produce retainers and aligners that are more accurate than physical methods. He can now print appliances with same-day delivery for his patients. The Form 2 not only reduces procedure costs, but improves the overall patient experience.

Cost Comparison

Dr. Holliday printed an average of 20 retainers a week, with a return of investment within 3 months.

Lab Fabricated

Form 2

Industrial 3D Printer

Cost of Machinery $3,499 $50,000
Cost per Guide $35 $2 $20
Time 3 weeks 2.5 hours 10 hours
Accessibility External, 3rd party Internal, desktop, anyone can use Internal, technician, billed by project

Form 2 High-Resolution 3D Printing

Form 2, Finish Kit, and Formlabs Resin
  • Produce surgical guides, retainers, aligners, educational models, and more on one machine.
  • Create dental appliances that exceed industry accuracy standards.
  • Use surgical guides to perform surgery faster and improve patient outcomes.
  • Greatly reduce material and procedural costs by keeping production in-house.

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