3Shape Ortho System — a Benchmark for Orthodontic Labs

For the past decade, Orthodontic Labs around the world have utilised 3Shape Ortho System software to implement digital workflows and grow into the digital laboratories that they are today. Orthodontic labs have a range of digital requirements from scanning through to receiving intra-oral scans for prepping and printing through to more advanced workflows such as clear aligners, indirect bonding and appliance design. 3Shape Ortho System is a single solution that meets and exceeds these demanding workflow requirements.

Digital Services for your Orthodontic Laboratory

3Shape Ortho System can help transfer your conventional workflows as well as introduce new digital workflows.

 An entry point for many Orthodontic Labs it to offer a scanning and archiving service for their orthodontic clients utilising a 3Shape Desktop Scanner. 

Diagnostic services such as PAR scoring, IOTN, and many more analyses can be provided with the assistance of a range of software tools available.

Intra Oral Scans from scanners such as 3Shape TRIOS and any 3rd party scanner exporting STL files can be received and prepared for printing for conventional appliance fabrication. Tools such as digital bracket removal can be used to offer new services such as ‘pre-debond retainers’.     

Advanced software functionality offers digital workflows to make product offerings such as Clear Aligners, Indirect Bonding, Splints and Appliance Design more efficient and economic.   

A Suite of Digital Orthodontic Workflows

3Shape Ortho System Software is built on three pillars, ScanItManager, Orthoanalyzer and Appliance Designer that work together to provide a powerful and functional digital orthodontic toolkit, packed full of software functionalities and workflows. 

Orthodontic Planning with 3Shape Orthoanalyzer

Orthodontic Laboratory Technicians can utilise the range of functions within Orthoanalyzer to deliver a range of services to their clients. Scans can be easily based to create Digital Study Models and quickly retrieved for routine assessment. Treatment needs can be determined by using a range of measurement tools with several built-in analysis functions such as PAR, Bolton, IOTN and Space Analysis. More thorough assessment can be provided by integrating CBCT scans onto the surface scan to assess bone density and root positions.

Advanced treatment diagnosis and planning can be delivered using advanced features such as Virtual Setups for quickly presenting treatment options such as traditional ‘Kesling’ setups. Occlusal interferences can be assessed by utilising Virtual Articulators and the defined treatment plan shared with a 3Shape enabled lab to assist with the provision of appliances or clear aligners in order to meet the planned treatment outcome. 

Software tools such as Model Set Compare allows for the comparison of multiple cases enabling the clinician to monitor changes before, during and after treatment as well as making comparisons with the actual outcome and the digitally planned outcome. 


Clear Aligner Studio

Clear Aligner treatment is increasing in popularity amongst clinicians and patients alike for the simplicity and control this treatment offers. 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio simplifies the process of defining, planning and delivering the treatment in a manner that can be enjoyed by technicians and clinicians offering maximum control and efficiency.

On completion of a scan, the treatment proposal is easily defined and the software will help the technician plan in a manner that is achievable as per the clinicians prescription. Once the ideal outcome is defined and agreed, the overall movements are automatically broken into incremental stages using parameters defined by the user.

Movements are optimised and the technician has the freedom to control the manner in which teeth move to avoid interferences during movement and create space as required particularly when opening up excessively crowded areas. Attachment shape and application criteria can be defined by the user and Clear Aligner Studio will automatically place attachments for incorporation during the treatment delivery.

Upon completion, individual model files are created for each stage of movement and exported ready for printing. The patient name or ID can be incorporated into the file along with a reference to identify the order in which each aligner is to be used by the patient. A report is also generated which is used by the clinician to identify at which point during the treatment any attachments should be applied and when IPR should be carried out.

Indirect Bonding Studio

Being very direct about it, 3Shape Indirect Bonding Studio is a solution that enables Clinicians to deliver precise bracket placement leading to predicable and efficient treatment.

Automated workflows guide the user through segmentation and landmark definition leading to automatic FA point identification. 

A comprehensive library of brackets and wires provided by leading bracket manufactures automatically populates the arch to the Clinician’s prescription   

A live simulation of the outcome is presented for the prescribed wire and bracket combination. The proposed result is adjusted either by adjusting the bracket position or by adjusting the tooth position in which case the bracket position to achieve this will then be automatically adjusted.

The preferred method of fabricating the transfer tray is chosen by the user and designed by the software. Options include direct printing of the tray in a suitable material or printing of a model with brackets in place for conventional tray fabrication.  

3Shape Indirect Bonding Studio is built on a library of brackets and wire in conjunction with original manufacturers. The software includes libraries for over 600 systems from leading bracket manufacturers which are rigorously validated and updated automatically and directly via the software.  

Appliance Designer

3Shape Appliance Designer offers the digital orthodontic technician a toolkit of functions to convert their appliance design concepts into a digital environment for accurate and efficient design before fabrication using a range of 3D printing, milling and metal laser sintering techniques. 

By digitally replicating conventional fabrication techniques such as wire bending, wax casting, vacuum forming, soldering and acrylic work, the limit to the use of 3Shape Appliance Designer is only in the technician’s imagination. 

Shell functions allow the layering of material over a defined area to a user selected thickness. Bar functions allow the user to create a bar of defined cross section along a drawn path. Multiple control points enable infinite adjustments to all the technician design a bar to their exact specification. 

Appliance Designer Case Study – Splint Design

By utilising the bar function along with simple add / remove and sculpting functions, splints can be designed exactly to the technicians design by utilising a simple workflow and delivering an effective result.

Reliable virtual articulators are used to automatically contour the working surface and highlight areas of reduced thickness to ensure a robust end product.

In house splint production can make splints more affordable to patients leading to increased uptake and enhanced treatment provision.


Seamless Communication and a Team Approach

The proposed treatment outcome and appliance design can be completed in whole by the technician for approval by the clinician. If required, the treatment outcome can be defined by the clinician by utilising a stand alone product such as Orthodontic Planner and the appliances used to achieve this treatment outcome then fabricated by the laboratory technician.

A Truly Open Ecosystem

Comprehensive and unrestricted workflows are made possible only by having a truly open ecosystem. From the outset, 3Shape solutions have always had the option to work in a truly open manner and continues to remain one of the most open solution on the market.

3Shape Ortho System is optimised for seamless integration with 3Shape Desktop Scanners, 3Shape Communicate Platform and offer the option of importing STL files when scans originate from 3rd party scanners. 

STL file export is standard for exporting scans and designs for production on local printing or milling machines or can be shared with external providers for outsourced manufacture.

A truly open ecosystem can only be achieved by mutual integrations. 3Shape is regarded by the global dental community as being a reliable and open provider of CAD/CAM solutions resulting in 3Shape technology being at the core of a worldwide dental CAD/CAM ecosystem. All 3Shape Clinic and Studio apps include, where relevant, an extensive library of orthodontic brackets and wires and material settings ensuring the highest level of accuracy and compatibility.

Seamless Integration with 3Shape Scanners

3Shape Dental System software is bundled with 3Shape Desktop Scanners and is available as a standalone package for use with 3Shape TRIOS, 3rd party scanners or. Learn more about the range of 3Shape Desktop Scanners and access seamless and optimised workflows.

3Shape TRIOS®

A truly open system delivered by a truly open partner In a market that is seeing new products being introduced at a regular pace, 3Shape TRIOS continues to be seen as the go-to product by many dental professionals the world over. The gap between systems regarding speed and accuracy is not such a chasm anymore yet TRIOS still stands out.

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Grow and Expand your Business

3Shape Dental System is just part of a suite of software options available to Dental Laboratories. Expand your offerings and grow your business with additional services such as Clear Aligners with 3Shape Ortho System and Surgical Guides with 3Shape Implant Studio.

3Shape Dental Systems

For the past decade, Orthodontic Labs around the world have utilised 3Shape Ortho System software to implement digital workflows and grow to into the digital laboratories that they are today. Orthodontic labs have a range of digital requirements from scanning through to receiving intra-oral scans for prepping and printing.

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