That's right, you can now submit a case with just upper & lower impressions—no bite registration necessary. (Of course, we love intraoral scans, too.)
Why the change? We've developed new software that automatically articulates the arches in maximum intercuspation.
For the vast majority of cases, this is as accurate as (or more accurate than) aligning models based on a bite registration. Our technicians also double-check the occlusion against the photos you provide. Going forward, maximum intercuspation will be our default alignment technique for all cases, even if we receive a bite registration.
There may still be a few scenarios where the bite registration is preferable (for instance, when the patient has a posterior open bite).
If you want us to base the occlusion on a bite registration instead of maximum intercuspation, please let us know in the instructions when you submit the case.
As always, you're in charge.
If you have a case that's been held up waiting for a bite registration, we'll take it off hold and you should receive a treatment setup soon.
Until next time…