Now you can choose whether to submit your cases with traditional PVS impressions or go all-digital with intraoral scans. We've been testing this feature with our PREP group for a while, and now we're ready to open it up to the public.
Naturally, we won't restrict you to any particular brand or model—we'll accept scans from any intraoral scanner, as long as they're in STL format. (STL is an open, industry-standard file format that can be exported by most popular scanners.)
We've already tested scans from a wide range of scanners, including the 3M™ True Definition Scanner, 3Shape's TRIOS®, and even Align Technology's iTero™. Please do your research before you buy a new scanner, though. Confirm whether you'll be able to export STL files with your reseller or manufacturer. Some models may require a service or software upgrade to enable STL export functionality.
You'll download your STL files from your scanner to your computer, and upload them just like your photos when you submit a case online. When you do, we can start working on your case immediately instead of waiting for your impressions to arrive. We expect all-digital cases to get turned around days faster, with more accuracy.
If you don't have a scanner yet, don't worry. You can just keep doing what you're doing. We're happy to accept impressions as well.
We strongly recommend that you visually inspect your STL files before you submit them to us. Our favorite STL viewing application is netfabb Studio Basic, which is available free for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Other options include MiniMagics and FreeCAD.
Some scanners output several files, but the only ones we need are the upper and lower arches. The arches should be saved in separate files, with the arches oriented in occlusion.
We prefer "closed shell" models, but "open shell" models are acceptable too.
When you scan a patient with an iTero scanner, choose the iCast or iRecord format. The Invisalign format will not permit you to export STL files.
We can't provide support for your scanner software, but if you've got any other questions, as always, your account rep is here to help.