3Shape, Copenhagen, Denmark, launched its new open clear aligner workflow that enables labs and practices to deliver clear aligner treatment. According to the company, the open workflow puts labs and practitioners completely in charge of the clear aligner budget and treatment.

Depending on the expertise of the lab or practice, they can either outsource design and production of the clear aligners to 3Shape partners, and/or design and produce in-house using 3Shape orthodontic software. (3Shape Ortho System clear aligner in-house workflow is pending FDA clearance.)

The entire open workflow, from scanning and treatment planning to setup and manufacturing, is implemented via 3Shape technology.

“We want to enable doctors and labs to provide this very in-demand treatment and take advantage of this tremendous business opportunity,” said Tais Clausen, co-founder and co-CEO of 3Shape. “The 3Shape open workflow enables professionals to confidently deliver affordable clear aligner treatments to patients and clients.”

To support the design steps for this workflow, 3Shape has invested in FullContour, a Glendale, Ariz-based design services company. In addition, 3Shape has partnered with Argen Corp, San Diego, Calif, to provide production services.

Additional partners will be added moving forward.