Background: Reverse engineering (RE) or back engineering is a process that analyzes a physical object to obtain the primary data of the same project. RE technologies have different applications in industrial settings and productive chains; however, with the advent of digital technologies in dentistry and orthodontic fields, they are involved in the new diagnostic and clinical digital workflow. For example, 3D model scanning, 3D facial scanning, models superimposition, digital orthodontic setup, anatomical volumetric assessment, soft tissue analysis, orthodontic digital guided systems, and prototyped orthodontic appliances represent a few examples of the application of RE in orthodontics. Moreover, clinicians can manipulate the data derived from original digital file to enhance diagnosis and communication with other clinicians and dental technicians; however, RE and digital technologies systems are not exempt from shortcomings, including costs and knowledge curve. In this regard, the aim of the present manuscript was to describe the use of reverse engineering technologies in modern digital orthodontics and provide helpful information for those specialists who are at the beginning of the transition from analogic to digital orthodontic workflow.

From Reverse Engineering Software to CAD-CAM Systems: How Digital Environment Has Influenced the Clinical Applications in Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics

Ronsivalle V.
Primo
Conceptualization
;
Ruiz F.
Secondo
Methodology
;
Lo Giudice A.
Writing – Original Draft Preparation
;
Venezia P.;Isola G.
Investigation
;
Leonardi R.
Penultimo
Supervision
;
2023-01-01

Abstract

Background: Reverse engineering (RE) or back engineering is a process that analyzes a physical object to obtain the primary data of the same project. RE technologies have different applications in industrial settings and productive chains; however, with the advent of digital technologies in dentistry and orthodontic fields, they are involved in the new diagnostic and clinical digital workflow. For example, 3D model scanning, 3D facial scanning, models superimposition, digital orthodontic setup, anatomical volumetric assessment, soft tissue analysis, orthodontic digital guided systems, and prototyped orthodontic appliances represent a few examples of the application of RE in orthodontics. Moreover, clinicians can manipulate the data derived from original digital file to enhance diagnosis and communication with other clinicians and dental technicians; however, RE and digital technologies systems are not exempt from shortcomings, including costs and knowledge curve. In this regard, the aim of the present manuscript was to describe the use of reverse engineering technologies in modern digital orthodontics and provide helpful information for those specialists who are at the beginning of the transition from analogic to digital orthodontic workflow.
2023
CAD/CAM appliances
digital orthodontics
orthodontics
reverse engineering
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