Clear Aligner and Retainer Scanning Best Practices

Below, we've outlined clear aligner and retainer scanning best practice techniques that will increase the likelihood of success for your case: 

Room Set Up

  • Turn off any overhead dental lighting and loupe lights while scanning.

Scanner Prep

Patient Positioning

  • Retraction of cheeks, lips, and tongue is essential.
  • Have the patient close halfway to create space for your scanner.
    • This will ensure that you capture the distal surface of the posterior-most teeth in both arches, which is a key area to capture.

Intraoral Scanning

  • Always turn on your scanner over the occlusal surface of a molar/premolar when beginning a scan.
  • Please scan both full arches to completion.
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