9.1 CAD‐CAM Guides for Orthodontic Brackets
Indirect bonding is an orthodontic bonding technique in which orthodontic brackets are transferred from working models and bonded onto the teeth surfaces using a transfer silicone tray. This technique includes two stages: the lab stage, where models and trays are manufactured, and the clinical stage, where brackets or appliances are positioned and bonded in the patient’s mouth. Since the majority of the work is done virtually with the software, the placement of orthodontic brackets on the teeth requires less chairside time. The indirect technique has been used for decades, but with digital technology it is even more optimized and precise.
The digital workflow starts with capturing the models as an STL file of the mouth. Using orthodontic software, brackets are virtually positioned on the surface of the teeth. Working with the digital method, DICOM files can be used to determine exactly the axis of the roots and crowns, making it even more complete then the conventional lab method. After the designing step, a custom tray is created which allows the transfer of brackets to the patient’s teeth.
9.2 CAD‐CAM Guides for Orthodontic Miniscrews
Successful treatment of full Class II malocclusion and bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion requires efficient anchorage, which can be achieved with several methods, such as headgear, transpalatal arches, and Nance button [1, 2]. However, conventional approaches have been associated with drawbacks such as anchorage loss and mesial migration of posterior dental anchorage units . Furthermore, despite the use of extraoral appliances to enable satisfactory anchorage control , such methods are highly affected by patient compliance, leading to variable levels of outcome .
An alternative to conventional forms of anchorage is the use of orthodontic mini‐implants and temporary anchorage devices (TAD) [6–8]. In this context, orthodontic mini‐implants allow for direct anchorage by being loaded with reactive forces, and for indirect anchorage, by stabilizing a dental anchorage . Such mini‐implants can be loaded immediately after insertion and are generally removed after treatment completion.
Despite the satisfactory anchorage which can be achieved, orthodontic mini‐implants require precise placement in interradicular spaces with satisfactory bone conditions [10, 11]. For this purpose, a surgical guide can be developed from CBCT scans to decrease the risk of complications such as root damage, penetration into the maxillary sinus, or lack of anchorage due to inadequate mini‐implant position . Advantages of accurate mini‐implant positioning include improved retention during orthodontic loading and precise control of the force vector. Surgical guides for implants can also be developed by means of time‐efficient digital workflows, in which intraoral scans are performed and superimposed to CBCT images, enabling the digital design of a surgical guide . Nevertheless, little is known about using such digital workflow methodology for creating surgical guides to ensure proper positioning of mini‐implants.
Thus, the aim of the present report is to describe a full digital workflow involving combination of intraoral and CBCT scans to virtually design and 3D print surgical guides used to ensure mini‐implant placements in optimal locations.
The process commences by scanning both maxillary and mandibular arches, as well as the occlusion of the patient using an intraoral scanner (TRIOS®, 3Shape). The initial intraoral scans are first imported to a CAD software (OrthoAnalyzer®, 3Shape) as STL files. With this software, orthodontic model bases are digitally applied to all resulting STL files, which can then be 3D‐printed (MoonRay®, Sprintray) and used for orthodontic planning.