3D Printing Splints & Occlusal Guards

Produce Affordable Completely Digital Occlusal Splints

Occlusal splints are usually prescribed for therapeutic and preventive reasons, but due to misfit, cost, and a tedious workflow, they are under-prescribed. With digital workflows and 3D printing, it’s now possible to manufacture affordable, high-quality occlusal splints in your dental practice or laboratory. 

The Digital Workflow for 3D printing Occlusal Splints


1. Scan

Collect patient anatomy digitally using an intraoral scanner, or scan a physical model or impression using a desktop scanner.


2. Design

Import the scan data into CAD software and design the treatment.


3. 3D Print

Import the designed CAD file into PreForm print preparation software for print setup and send it easily to a Formlabs printer.

4. Prepare

Wash, dry, and post-cure the printed parts using Form Wash and Form Cure.

5. Polish and Finish

Remove support structures, lightly grind the splint to smooth any remaining imperfections, and polish it to shine.


6. Complete

The finished splint is ready for delivery to the dentist for fitment chairside.


3D Printing Splints and Occlusal Guards With Formlabs 3D Printers



Fast and Cost Effective Production

3D printed splints and occlusal guards have to meet not only the expectations of your patients but also the needs of your business. With the Form 3B, print large builds overnight and smaller, faster builds during the day to reduce labor needs and maximize output.

Indicationcapacity on the from 3b
Occlusal splints8 splints per print in ~2.5 h




Low Cost, Fast Return on Investment

Before bringing new technology into your dental practice or laboratory it's important to do your financial due diligence. Printing occlusal splints on the Form 3B is affordable and requires less labor than traditional methods.


Indicationprint cost on the form 3b
Occlusal splints€3.5-5.5 a part



High Accuracy

An in-depth accuracy study of 80 splints printed in Dental LT Clear Resin showed that intaglio surfaces of Form 2 printed splints were dimensionally accurate within ± 100 microns over 80 percent of the intaglio surfaces, and within ± 125 microns over 90 percent of the surfaces. This provided a precise fit on both models and patients.


What Our Customers Say About Working With Formlabs 3D Printers

“We use the Form 2 for the manufacturing of bite splints. Its accuracy is comparable to more expensive DLP printers with its software PreForm being extremely user-friendly. The production time of 3D printed splints is by far more cost-effective than with a milling unit.” – Marcel Reymus, DDS, Assistant Professor at the Department of Conservative Dentistry and Periodontology at the University Hospital of Munich, Germany


Webinar: Create Occlusal Guards and Splints With 3D Printing: Workflow Deep Dive


In this webinar, walk through the business considerations and production workflow with Formlabs dental product manager Sam Wainwright, and learn more about the time and cost savings of creating dental appliances with 3D printing.

Watch the recording to learn:

  • How to set up a digital production workflow in your office or lab
  • What to look for in scanners, software, and 3D printers
  • ROI benefits for your lab or office