Case Study using 3D Printed Metal Palatal Expander
We are delighted to present this case from Dr Richard Cousley using the 3D Printed Metal Palatal Expander, available exclusively from DB Orthodontics.
This patient is a relatively mature 13 year old girl, with moderate dental crowding and where both arches are constricted. The 3D printed RME was fitted within weeks of the patient’s consultation (when a scan was taken) and following digital design of the appliance by Studio 8 (Fig a). The appliance was made and fitted without the need for additional appointments or separators.
The RME (Fig b) fitted beautifully, and was very retentive before even adding cement. Molar tubes were added to the molar shells, during fabrication, so that fixed appliance treatment could proceed after 3 weeks, while the RME remains in place for up to 9 months for skeletal stabilisation. The photo (Fig c) shows the expansion after 3 weeks activation: twice daily for one week followed by two weeks of daily activation. The CBCT scan (Fig d) shows almost parallel opening of the mid-palatal suture.
Fig A. 3D printed RME was fitted within weeks of the patient’s consultation (when a scan was taken) and following digital design of the appliance by Studio 8 Laboratory.
Fig B. The RME fitted beautifully, and was very retentive before even adding cement.
Fig C. Expansion after 3 weeks activation: twice daily for one week followed by two weeks of daily activation.
Fig D. The CBCT scan shows almost parallel opening of the mid-palatal suture.
Embracing Digital Orthodontics: What are the advantages?
The use of digital processes cuts down turnaround times, and so the time between taking the intra-oral scan and receiving the custom-made appliance is reduced.
Innovative techniques used when designing and making appliances result in fewer appointments being needed and less time being spent chairside.
Scans are accepted through a variety of channels, this ensures that it is quick and simple for clinicians to send cases in a way which suits them while eliminating the need for alginate/silicone impressions.
Cutting edge, digitally designed and 3D printed appliances provide full customisation and high precision.
Putting patient comfort at the forefront of design, our 3D printed appliances eliminate the need for bands and separators.
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