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Take PVS Impression and Wax Bite

Take PVS Impression and Wax Bite

Submit the patient's prescription via 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Treatment Management Portal, or fill out a lab order form, and send with the impression and wax bite to the Top Service lab in Bad Essen, Germany.

Set Up Final Result

A stone model is set up in wax according to the prescription, based on Andrew’s Six Keys1.

Digital setup for Incognito™ Lite Appliance System

Approve Setup

Doctor approves the setup to ensure brackets and wires are manufactured to deliver the final result that will meet the treatment plan.

PaperLab Order Form Case Submissions

Approve Setup

Create 3D Digital Model

Create 3D Digital Model

An optical 3D scanner creates a high-resolution 3D digital model from the approved set-up.

Design Brackets

Design Brackets

Bracket bases are drafted, tie-wings and hooks are adjusted and brackets are assembled on the base in the optimal position.

Manufacture Brackets

Manufacture Brackets

Brackets are printed using a Stereolithography Apparatus and then cast in gold alloy.

Bend Archwires

Bend Archwires

Customised archwires are fabricated and bent to the final result using robotic technology.

Customise Indirect Bonding Tray

Customize Indirect Bonding Tray

Brackets are first placed on the maloccluded stone model. The model is then used to produce the indirect bonding tray.


1. Daskalogiannakis J. Glossary of Orthodontic Terms: Quintessence Publishing Co. Inc. 2000.

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