ISSN 2528-9659 | E-ISSN 2148-9505
Reverse Engineering in Orthodontics
1 Private Practice, Hyderabad, India  
Turk J Orthod 2018; 31: 139-144
DOI: 10.5152/TurkJOrthod.2018.18027
Key Words: Digital technology, reverse engineering, three-dimensional imaging, orthodontics


Three-dimensional (3D) imaging has advanced greatly and is used extensively in orthodontics. It is worth outlining and reviewing the developments of reverse engineering (RE) as its applications are growing more widespread and diverse. Data from an existing object are used to create a digital model. A traditional RE process is usually performed in these stages: (1) obtaining data, (2) restructuring the surfaces, and (3) creating a useful model. They are classified as (1) laser projection based and (2) fringe projection based. This digital technology has been used in creating 3D model scanning, 3D digital model superimposition, diagnostic setup, volumetric assessment of tooth wear, soft tissue facial analysis, incorporation of digital model to 3D facial image, lip position and smile reproducibility, analysis of tooth position after orthodontic treatment, and anthropometric measurements. This system has proven itself to have a varied probability of applications and researches in the field of orthodontics. Similar to every single system, even RE has its own benefits and shortcomings. The complexity of the process and high cost are the major disadvantages reported so far. Rapid advancement of this technology possibly will rapidly inverse the negative results that emerged previously. As a future work, innovative use of RE technology is necessary to make this system triumph in the field of orthodontics.


Cite this article as: Ghafoor H. Reverse Engineering in Orthodontics. Turk J Orthod 2018; 31(4): 139-44.

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