The 3Shape Market Survey 2016* found that 50% of the practices polled were considering buying an intraoral scanner in the next three years. The growing adoption of digital technology provides orthodontic labs with a unique opportunity.
By following suit and embracing digital technology, orthodontic labs not only have an opportunity to expand the range of products and services they offer, they have the means to future proof their business and remain competitive.
The attractiveness of a digital workflow – from the elimination of physical impressions to improving patient comfort – is motivating orthodontists to go digital.
When both the lab and orthodontist are digital, they then can work together to improve diagnostic insight, treatment planning, as well as reduce treatment time. The orthodontists can outsource diagnostics and appliance design to the lab. Which in turn, increases the profit margin per case for the orthodontist: savings for the orthodontist that translates into more business for your lab.
For example, with most orthodontists charging in the neighborhood of 200 USD/hour, by outsourcing the treatment plan or appliance design to a lab that only charges 50 USD/hour, the orthodontist quickly reduces his/her own costs. Savings we believe should motivate both the orthodontist and lab to go digital.
3Shape is looking to help orthodontic labs go digital with our new E scanner line. The E scanners deliver the high quality, advanced scanning features, and precision CAD/CAM workflows 3Shape is recognized for, but at a more affordable price. The E scanners also offer a free, no-subscription option for labs.
Similarly, the 2017 updates to our orthodontic software are making it more intuitive than ever to streamline your workflow. Orthodontic labs can also take advantage of the TRIOS Ready program to work and be found by orthodontists using 3Shape TRIOS intraoral scanners.
Here are five reasons why your orthodontic lab should go digital
*Data on file – 3Shape Market Survey 2016.