3M, St Paul, Minn, announced the integration of the 3M™ Oral Care Portal with 3Shape TRIOS® and Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 and CS 3600 intraoral scanners. Orthodontists can now submit their digital scans through 3M’s web-based software, 3M Oral Care Portal.

The 3M Oral Care Portal is an open software platform that is designed to streamline patient treatment planning and ordering, giving orthodontists the flexibility to use the intraoral scanner of their choice. Launched in conjunction with 3M Clarity Aligners earlier this year, the web-based portal is HIPAA compliant, accessible from anywhere, and supports treatment for aligners, combination treatment, and retainers.

With the 3Shape and Carestream Dental integration, orthodontists can now connect and send their scans from the 3Shape Communicate portal or Carestream Dental Connect portal. There is no need to export the digital scan from one software program and then upload it through the 3M portal. Instead the submission can be handled automatically.

According to a press release from 3M, orthodontists using the 3M Oral Care Portal have access to its updated toolset, which displays 3-dimensional, cross-sectional views of the teeth, with and without overlays. The workflow further enables patient progress scans at each treatment step. These scans show how well the patient is tracking to the treatment, and they allow the orthodontist to refine a treatment plan if the patient isn’t tracking according to plan.