Metalab Outsourcing Digital designs

This is Meta. The digital lab created by the Dentcof institute, in its own mindset and simplified protocol for treating restorative cases. All digital designs have a maximum 4 working day delivery time and can be downloaded from Smilecloud as printable/ millable files. 

Metalab is the best fit for dentists and technicians who are working digital, have scanning and printing technology in their office or have easy access to it.

Step 1: Smile Design

The 2D design serves as a visual representation of the treatment, and it is essential to ensure accuracy by selecting the appropriate shapes and position in accordance with biological possibilities. The dentist or technician typically creates the 2D design, but it is advisable to involve the patient in the decision-making process to ensure that their preferences and desires are taken into account. This will help to avoid any discrepancies before proceeding to the 3D design.

Step 2: Order and payment

Orders are placed directly on your prefered Smile Design and the payment is charged from the card linked to your account. Once you’ve placed your order, a Metalab representative will be automatically connected to your case, and you can discuss any specific indications that you may have.

Based on your case requirements, a technician will be assigned to your case, and you’ll have the freedom to communicate with them in the case chat during the course of treatment.

Since orders are placed based on the approved 2D design with selected shapes, any changes of shapes on a delivered design will require a new order. However, the design includes one revision, which enables you to request changes in position and angulation. For prompt delivery, it is recommended that you have all the necessary initial documentation available.

Motivational Design

Enhance the patient experience – Pre-visualise diverse clinical scenarios – Increased case acceptance – Meaningful visual communication. Read more about the motivational design here.

Indications: Use it in additive or borderline additive cases, to motivate the patient

You receive: 1 printable STL file

Requirements: Initial documentation, 2D design

Warning: Can not be used as a preparation guide

Price: 139 eur / arch

Functional Design – Diagnostic interdisciplinary planning

Interdisciplinary integrated design – Usable as a reduction guide – Usable for chairside temporaries

Indications: Use the Functional design to plan implants, guide preps and place as chairside temporaries

You receive: 1 printable STL file

Requirements: Initial documentation, 2D design

Warning: You need to pre-prep and/or crown lengthen before you can transfer it in the mouth if reduction is part of the design

Price: 139 eur / arch

Crown lengthening guide – Recontouring soft tissue levels

Biological and / or esthetic guided – Can be used for both tissue and bone reduction – Works for both flap and flapless techniques.

Indications: Precise recontouring of soft tissue and/ or bone for a predictable final result in accordance to design

You receive: 1 printable STL file

Requirements: Initial documentation, Functional or Motivational design, CBCT

Warning: the guide should be used with Electrosurge. The guide can be ordered only after the 3D design was completed as it follows the position of the final restorations.

Price: 99 eur

Anterior platform – Deprogramming and CR registration

Predictable deprogramming – Easy and predictable CR registration – Powerful diagnosis tool in TMD scenario

Indications: Functional unstable patients

You receive: 1 printable STL file

Requirements: Upper and lower scans in occlusion. Upper must have full palate.

Warning: Make sure you scan the palate and retro-molar areas for increased retention of the splint

Price: 99 eur

Final Restorations

Biometric design. Millable, printable, repeatable manufacturing.

Indications: Final restorations

You receive: #the number of restorations as printable/ millable STL file

Requirements: Functional design / Preparation scans using retraction cords for visible margins. For implant cases, complete information about the implant type.

Warning: After milling, the elements need to be stained and adapted by a technician

Price: 35 eur / element

3. Review and download

The technician will upload a preview file of the design for your review, and you may request a revision if necessary. Once the preview is approved by you, the printable file is finalised and uploaded to the case for you to download and print / mill in your office.

Communication is key for achieving results as a team, so don’t hesitate to talk about the planning and requirements.


The “digital clone” is a modern approach of the consultation appointments, in which all data collected are synthesised and assembled digitally for treatment planning. Thus, the following records are required: 

  • Portrait pictures 
  • Intra-oral pictures 
  • Portrait video 
  • Intra-oral scans: upper and lower in occlusion
  • CBCT (if treatment plan requires) 
  • Modjaw motion records (if available) 

The photo protocol is an important aspect of the treatment planning and all of the pictures bellow are required. For more tips and tricks regarding the photo documentation you can explore the article here.

45 angle large smile

Large smile open mouth - visible incisal edges

45 angle large smile

45 angle bite

Frontal bite

45 angle bite

Maxila intraoral with contrastor

Mandible intraoral with contrastor

Maxilla occlusal view

Mandible occlusal view

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Comments (4)

  • Tomas Molina

    The 20 euros suscription is for 80 cases. Even if I delete a finish case,it will still count? If so, every new case after the first 80,s will increase the suscription in 35 cents/month ? I.E : 180 case will be 20+3500 cts / month ?
    Can we add the 3D STL into MODJAW pre final mockup to fine tune plan ?
    Thks forehand

  • Alexandra Pavard

    What are the technical differences between the motivational design and the functional design ?
    Thank you


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