Sintered Metal Appliances
WHAT IS SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING (SLS)?
OK, you asked for it. According to ScienceDirect.com...
Selective laser sintering (SLS) technology (invented in the mid-1980s by an American businessman) is a rapid manufacturing technique, which uses high-power CO2 lasers to fuse particles together. The laser sinters powdered materials (metallic, ceramics, or polymer materials like white nylon powder). For each successive laser scan, the build platform or bed is to be lowered. The unique feature of this process is that it repeats one layer at a time until it reaches the desired height of the object.
During the building process, it does not need any additional support materials because the unsintered support from other powders surrounds and protects the model. The unsintered powders are manually removed after printing. SLS produces durable, high-precision parts, and it can use a wide range of materials. It is a perfect technology for fully functional, end-use parts, and prototypes.
Typical configuration of a selective laser sintering setup for manufacturing metal scaffolds.
DEFINITION SOURCE: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/materials-science/selective-laser-sintering
BENEFITS OF SINTERED METAL APPLIANCES
- Digital accuracy & precision fit
- Made of Cobalt Chromium Alloy which is very strong
- Lower profile and more comfortable for patient
- No separators needed
- No band fit appointments needed
- Easier to bond
WHAT IS CHROMIUM COBALT ALLOY?
Chromium Cobalt is a metal alloy used because of its strength and durability. However, unlike traditional 304 and 316 Stainless Steel used in orthodontics, Chromium Cobalt is not as flexible, thus not as adjustable as a stainless steel wire. But because of the digital precision of the CAD design process, there is no guessing game from the laboratory as to where exactly the band is going to seat, thus eliminates any need for adjustments during the delivery process.
CUSTOM FIT BAND & CROWNS
All Sintered Metal Appliances are available with bands, full crowns, or open occlusal crowns. As we stated earlier, there are no more band fitting appointments and painful separators! Each band or crown is custom made to the 3D scan you took of the patient. All path of insertion complications are considered at the time of CAD design leaving you a hassle free delivery to your patient.
At this time we offer:
- 4-arm Hyrax RPE
- 2-arm Mini RPE
We stock Dentaurum and Forestadent screw bodies. If you would like to request your preferred screw of choice, others options may be available for an additional charge.
We can add customizations in the design such as habit cribs, occlusal rests, wire extensions, and more.
At this time we offer:
Band & Loop Transpalatal Arch (TPA) Lingual Holding Arch
RECOMMENDED BONDING MATERIALS
Reliance Orthodontic Products has been one of the most trusted names in our industry, which is exactly why we recommend their products as part of your bonding and delivery protocol for Sintered Metal Appliances. Before you delivery the appliance, make sure you have the following:
- Blue Gel Etch (REF# BEGS)
- Bristle Brushes (REF# BB250)
- Mixing Wells (REF# MXW)
- Assure Plus (REF# PLUS)
- Self Mix Band Lok (REF# SMBLB)
All of these items can be purchased directly from Reliance Orthodontic Products by calling 800-323-4348 or ordering online at RelianceOrthodontics.com.
BONDING & DELIVERY PROTOCOL (FROM RELIANCE)
Reliance Orthodontic Products has worked with orthodontists to publish this delivery protocol on RelianceU.tech. All information on our website is derived from the protocol as published by Reliance and published or linked on our website for your convenience. Click HERE to view the printed version of the Delivery Protocol.
CUSTOM ORDER DISCLAIMER
Our lab DOES NOT own an SLS printer that is used to print the custom sintered appliances. We have to send the design to a 3rd party to print. BEFORE YOU ORDER, please note that these types of appliances are NON RETURNABLE as they are custom made to your patient. You are responsible to ensure that the scans that you have sent to Dobson Ortho Laboratory are complete and accurate. We can only warranty the fit to the models provided.
If you decide to change the design or cancel the appliance after it has already been sent out, you will be responsible for the charges incurred for the labor and materials.
Ordering a Sintered Metal Appliance REQUIRES intra-oral scans. We cannot provide an Sintered Metal Appliance on plaster casts.
When filling out your prescription sheet, please make sure to mark the desired specifications for your sintered metal appliance. If you prefer to have full or open crowns instead of bands, please make sure to note that on the prescription sheet. Please also feel free to call our lab and speak with one of our technicians directly for assistance on a case.
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