The popularity of aligner therapy continues to rise.

87 percent of adults indicated that clear aligners would be the most acceptable form of orthodontic treatment, according to peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals*.

Per the authors of “Adult Perceptions of Different Orthodontic Appliances,” practitioners need to think bigger than simply having alignment as a service option. Increasingly, patients are prioritizing “attractiveness, acceptability, preference and economic value of different orthodontic appliances when they consider these appliances for themselves and for their children.”

It’s no longer enough to have one option for alignment: patients want options. The most popular innovation in recent years is treatment that is both functional and functionally invisible.

How Invisalign shifted aligner therapy.

Invisalign changed the industry. Their clear aligner product exploded in popularity almost immediately, and the popularity of clear aligners in general has continued to rise. Although clear aligners cannot treat every alignment issue or malocclusion, patients overwhelmingly prefer clear aligners when they are an option.

Previously, creating clear aligners required taking physical impressions and, often, sending these impressions out to labs to be turned into aligners. The industry is moving to a new standard for dental offices: in-house 3D printing.

Carestream Dental and Formlabs Dental are collaborating to make designing and printing clear aligner models more accessible for clinicians. A few benefits of their offerings for dental practices include ease and cost-effectiveness.

The path to aligners at your practice is clear.

The latest version of the Carestream Dental’s CS Model+ v5 is the intuitive software that uses artificial intelligence to guide doctors through the aligner design process.

1. Start with a scan from the CS 3600 or CS 3700 intraoral scanner
2. Use CS Model+ v5 automatically to rank the case by degree of difficulty.
3. Maintain complete control of the case, going from design to fabrication all in house.
4. Send the file to the Form 3B, an advanced desktop 3D printer. Optimized for dental workflows by Formlabs, its precise, reliable ecosystem takes the guesswork out of fabrication so better outcomes are just a few clicks away.

Ready for details about how to offer clear aligner therapy?

Benco Dental can help offer cutting-edge, high-tech clear aligner treatment for your patients. To learn more, contact your Friendly Benco Rep, Equipment Specialist or the Practice Lifecycle team, or by calling 1.800.GO.BENCO.


  • Alansari RA, Faydhi DA, Ashour BS, Alsaggaf DH, Shuman MT, Ghoneim SH, Linjawi AI, Marghalani HYA, Dause RR. Adult Perceptions of Different Orthodontic Appliances. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2019;13:2119-2128.
  • Tamer İ, Öztaş E, Marşan G. Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Aligners and The Scientific Reality Behind Their Marketing: A Literature Review. Turk J Orthod. 2019 Dec 1;32(4):241-246.