At our Midwinter press conference today, 3Shape shook up the industry by launching an open clear aligner workflow that enables laboratories and practices, no matter what size, to enter the profitable clear aligner market.
The open and innovative 3Shape clear aligner workflow is made up of a growing network of integrated design and production service-providers supported by 3Shape technology. Depending on the expertise of the lab or practice wanting to provide clear aligner treatments, they can either outsource design and production to 3Shape partners, and/or design and produce in-house using 3Shape orthodontic software*.
The entire open workflow, from scanning and treatment planning to setup and manufacturing is implemented through 3Shape technology. This puts labs and doctors completely in charge of the budget and treatment. Any steps in the open workflow can be done in-house and/or sent to 3Shape partners.
Commenting on the announcement, 3Shape Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Tais Clausen said, “We want to enable doctors and labs to provide this very in-demand treatment and take advantage of this tremendous business opportunity. The 3Shape open workflow enables professionals to confidently deliver affordable clear aligner treatments to patients and clients.”
To support the design steps for providing the orthodontic setup and staging, 3Shape has made an investment in U.S. design services company, FullContour. FullContour brings extensive design experience to the 3Shape workflow. 3Shape has partnered with the USA’s Argen Corporation to provide production services. Additional partners will be added moving forward.
Learn more about the 3Shape clear aligner workflow.
*3Shape Ortho System™ clear aligner in-house workflow is pending FDA clearance. For availability in other countries/regions, please contact your reseller. 3Shape production partners are FDA listed.