3M Unitek has launched AlastiK lingual ligatures, specifically designed for the Incognito appliance system.
Enabling faster and easier ligation, the ligatures are the latest upgrades to the Incognito system, including Incognito clear precision trays and customization for the Forsus fatigue resistant device, according to a press release. They provide ease of use, efficiency, and patient comfort during lingual treatment.
Available in March, the ligatures improve ease of lingual bracket ligation while exhibiting the same wire fixation and force as an overtie. The design means wire changes can be accomplished more than 20% faster than with current techniques, and the ligatures are shown to break less frequently than commonly used chains during installation and between appointments, the company said. When used as plain ties, the ligatures apply similar tip control compared to overties with powerchain, without compromising patient comfort.
Other recent improvements to Incognito enable more accurate bracket positioning and customized class II correction. Incognito clear precision trays are manufactured from digital data used for bracket design, resulting in improved deviation over trays using manual positioning. The trays also allow for easy visual control during the bonding process, and can be cut and used for accurately replacing individual brackets.
A lower arch attachment for the Forsus fatigue resistant device and a special archwire sequence (available with either Forsus EZ2 or L-pin modules) simplifies installation, reduces chair time, and provides effective class II correction that is 100% customized for the patient.