Visualizing contacts and occlusions

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The Show Distances function shows contacts/intersections/proximities of restorations to the antagonist and adjacent teeth. These are displayed in colors on each restoration. You can deactivate the function by clicking Show distances in the main toolbar.

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Expand the window by clicking the icon on the upper right button [1] to expose additional controls as follows:

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  • The color reference bar [2] shows the colors used in the distance visualization and emphasizes where there are intersections and where there is clearance between the selected objects.
  • Slider [3] controls the color scaling, visualized in the false-color bar above.
  • [4] indicates the distance to the antagonist, mesial and distal teeth.
  • You can enable/disable the visualization for antagonists and adjacents using the corresponding buttons [5].
  • Activate Include healthy [6] to display contacts on healthy teeth (scan).

After virtual articulation or after jaw movements have been simulated, an additional button Dynamic [7] is available, to visualize contacts that appear when the articulator/jaw movement was simulated.

The Dynamic button has four options which you select individually or simultaneously to visualize the jaw movements:

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The drop menu Show interference contacts give the option to choose between:

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  • Show interference contacts: shows a visualization of the intersections between the reconstruction and the antagonists.
  • Show spacing: changes the display to measure the distance between non-overlapping scans.
  • Show contact areas: shows a visualization of the contacts according to the distance set, as occlusion paper.
  • Distance to scan data: shows the current estimated distance between the reconstruction and the scan data.
  • Visualize thickness: shows the current estimated distance between the reconstruction and its bottom / inner surface.

To disable all visualizations, click the "Show distances" CAD button.

TipRecommended reading: Advanced options