3D Printed Band and Loop Space Maintainer: A Digital Game Changer in Preventive Orthodontics

J Clin Pediatr Dent. 2021 Jul 1;45(3):147-151. doi: 10.17796/1053-4625-45.3.1.


Premature loss of primary molars often leads to loss of arch circumference in the primary and mixed dentition. It can lead to malpositioning and even impaction of permanent tooth, if not prevented. Space maintainers in preventive orthodontics, are imperative in maintaining arch integrity. Band and loop space maintainers are indicated whenever there is premature loss of primary molar. The conventional band and loop space maintainer is most routinely fabricated, but poses certain limitations. Three-dimensional (3D) printing in digital dentistry is one of the major developments in dentistry. It replicates the dental cast in the most accurate forms. This allows for supreme precision and minimal human errors. Besides decreasing the laboratory procedures, it has the least chance of failure or breakage. The current case report discusses 3D printing technology for the fabrication of band and loop space maintainer, which can revolutionize preventive orthodontics for children.

Keywords: 3D printing; band and loop; digital; preventive orthodontics; space maintainers.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Dentition, Mixed
  • Humans
  • Molar*
  • Orthodontics, Preventive
  • Printing, Three-Dimensional
  • Space Maintenance, Orthodontic
  • Tooth, Deciduous*