Sim Un Seob, CEO of Graphy.
Today, 3D printing in orthodontics has unleashed a new world of possibilities, offering numerous advantages and cost cutting avenues while reducing discomfort for patients and contributing to more desirable treatment outcomes. As 3D printing can replicate the human form more accurately than traditional manufacturing techniques, orthodontists have maximized the utility of 3D printing technology for dental applications. Realizing this unearthed potential within the 3D printing space, Graphy, a stalwart in this field of orthodontics, started commercializing materials used for 3D printing clear aligners and permanent tooth implants in the global market.
Sim Un Seob, CEO of Graphy, owing to his early exposure to dentistry and technical expertise in CAD, CAM, and 3D printing, developed a keen interest in merging 3D printing technology with orthodontics. Sim observed that conventional 3D printing companies were mainly focused on printing limited shapes or figures and couldn’t develop suitable materials for medical purposes. Moreover, the challenges pertaining to the use of 3D printing materials (resins), such as discoloration, low water resistance, and similar parameters, hindered the widespread adoption of 3D printing materials in the field of Orthodontics. To overcome this limitation, Graphy started designing and producing 3D printable photopolymer materials, succeeding in developing new materials (photo-curable resin) for 3D printers. Graphy’s 3D printing materials are not only biocompatible and hypoallergenic but also heat and water-resistant. The company manufactures a variety of dental appliances, including the world’s first Direct Aligner (TC-85DAC/DAW) and Flexible Denture TFD-23-5/ TFD-26) and Dental Prosthesis, Denture Bases, Dental Model, and Surgical Guide.
With extensive research and learning from past experiences, Graphy created 3D printed aligners that possess high molecular weight and flexural strength compared to conventional aligners. Graphy’s aligners, with a shape memory effect, fit precisely against the tooth without causing any discomfort to the patient. While traditional clear aligners take about two to three weeks to complete one step of treatment, Graphy, using the force control driven system, reduces the treatment time by half or maybe even a third. Conclusively, Graphy’s aligners do not cause pain or discomfort as they lessen the load on teeth. These aligners can also be sterilized in hot water to prevent secondary and tertiary contamination.
Another significant merit of Graphy’s aligners is that they do not require many tooth attachments to heighten orthodontic power, thereby benefitting both the doctor and the patient. “Graphy’s clear aligners possess a similar orthodontic effect to conventional brackets,” mentions Sim Un Seob, CEO of Graphy. For instance, when one of the patients used brackets for the maxilla teeth and Graphy’s aligners for the mandible teeth, the aligners showed better jaw movement speed than the bracket. In addition to its ability to function better than conventional aligners, Graphy’s aligners are environment friendly, produce about a 10th of the waste in fabrication, and leave no residue behind.
Graphy’s 3-D printed clear aligners possess the similar orthodontic effect which is at par with the conventional brackets, thereby opening a new horizon in the field of orthodontics
Graphy adopts a flexible fabrication process and develops materials suitable for all types of 3D printers. This merit enables Graphy to forge a cohesive partnership with their customers. Graphy has also received wide international acclaim and recognition for its technological capabilities in Direct Aligners that can be directly fabricated with a 3D printer. With its exceptional technological innovation, Graphy is preparing for a worldwide expansion, and its C series of fundraising. Its partnership with leading companies in the industry have catalyzed the progess to attract new investments and position itself in the global market.
Without a doubt, Graphy’s innovative dental implants and materials, in collaboration with large global companies, will usher in a change within processes adopted by the dental manufacturers in dental prostheses.