Dr Ed Lin

Dr Ed Lin

Dr Ed Lin


Digital Hybrid Treatment - Cost-Effective Aligners & Lingual Appliances and for all Case Type

3D dental technologies have completely revolutionized the 21st century orthodontic practice with patient treatment options and case management. With the explosion of 3D digital technologies in the orthodontic industry over the past 20 years, efficient digital workflow systems have become an integral component for the successful 3D digital orthodontic practice. In this lecture, Dr Lin will review how he and his team have implemented 3D imaging/CBCT, integrated SureSmile® for all full fixed orthodontic cases (labial and lingual), mastered the “Sub” 2-minute intraoral scan for impression free practices, created a 3D printing lab, and fabricated all orthodontic appliances off 3D printed models (including 3D printed IDB trays). Most importantly, they have created an efficient and cost-effective DIY aligner system as an alternative to Invisalign® for all their aligner patients. Dr. Lin will also review the impact of Easy RX for management of these 3D digital technologies for an incredibly efficient digital workflow system.

Learning Objectives:

1) To understand the digital workflow, clinical management, and mechanics for SureSmile robotically bent wires for labial and lingual treatment for all case types.

2) To understand how to create a DIY aligner system within your practice with uLab and the financial positive ROI it will make within your practice. 3) To understand how to implement a cost-efficient hybrid treatment option for your patients with DIY uLab aligners.


Dr Lin is a recognized industry leader on CBCT, Suresmile (labial and lingual), temporary anchorage devices, intraoral scanning, 3D printing, and aligners. 

Dr Lin is an internationally recognized speaker (US, Canada, Puerto Rico, South America, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and China), has written several articles that have been published in a wide variety of dental journals and has lectured at several orthodontic residency programs across the United States, Australia, and China. 

Dr Lin is a Faculty and Clinical Advisory Board Member for SureSmile. He is also a Key Opinion Leader for American Orthodontics, Imaging Sciences International, Desktop Health, uLab, and Hu Friedy. He is on the Editorial Board of OrthoTown and Orthodontic Practice journals. Dr Lin is also a past member of the Technology Committee for the American Association of Orthodontists.  In 2005, Dr. Lin helped to lead tests of cone-beam applications to integrate and create SureSmile wires for active therapeutic treatment of patients. Dr Lin fully converted his practice to a 100% SureSmile practice in 2007 for both labial and lingual treatment for all patients. 

All practices have been involved with 3D imaging with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) with the iCAT since 2005. His practices have also fully integrated intraoral scanning and 3D printing and have been completely impression free since 2015.

Dr Lin has been involved with aligner therapy since November of 1999, was a former Top 100 Invisalign Provider and sat on the Clinical Advisory Board for Invisalign and subsequently OrthoClear. 

Dr Lin has fully implemented 3D printing labs into his practices since 2013 and their practices produce all aligners now in-house with uLab.