This Guy 3D Printed His Invisalign. Here’s Why That’s A Bad Idea

3D-Printed Invisalign

This Guy 3D-Printed An Invisalign-Like Retainer To Straighten His Teeth

Here’s Why That’s A Really Bad Idea

In an age where everything focuses on DIY this and DIY that sometimes we need to take a step back and think that maybe somethings should be left to professionals. Recently a story appeared online about a college student who 3D printed his own Invisalign-like orthodontic appliance in his college’s computer lab.

First of all, he was printing stereo lithic dental models, not the aligners, like Invisalign does. He was not using the same material as Invisalign which is specially designed for the purpose of moving teeth. Invisalign as a company has invested billions of dollars into research and development. The goal of that research is to make a product that is technologically advanced and safe for patients.

Invisalign is a dental procedure that is prescribed and monitored by a licensed dentist to make it a safe and effective method of straightening teeth. In sidestepping Invisalign’s software there is a chance, and a good one at that, that you could cause permanent damage to teeth or the roots of your teeth. There is not enough control of the speed at which his teeth are moved. This damage could result in the need for restorations, root canals or even worse, tooth loss.

We hope that he doesn’t run into any long-term issues and can understand that he’s a broke college student. And we hope that people dont see the attention his post is getting and try this for themselves. But it is always in your best interest to seek professional guidance when looking to improve your smile! Take it from a couple of guys who have spent years studying – and fixing – teeth. We’re always accepting new patients. You can make an appointment here.

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