The Owen Tripod Splint is a two-piece appliance that provides complete coverage for both maxillary and mandibular arches.

OrthoSelect has entered an exclusive partnership to manufacture and distribute the Owen Tripod Splint for treatment of bruxism and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). According to the company, the Owen Splint is a game changer from previous generations of splints, providing an enhanced patient experience and requiring little, if any, initial adjustments by the dental practitioner.

The partnership brings together OrthoSelect’s expertise in orthodontic software and manufacturing with what it describes as a cutting-edge, patented design from orthodontics innovator Brandon Owen, DDS, MS, along with patent-pending KeySplint Soft resin from Keystone Industries to provide a digitally designed, 3D-printed appliance. Every splint is created to each patient’s distinct oral morphology using digital scans for patient comfort.

The Owen Tripod Splint is a two-piece appliance that reportedly provides complete coverage for both maxillary and mandibular arches. The top piece has a smooth surface, while the bottom has three elevations (tripod) to allow for simplified balancing and ease of movement, according to the company.

The KeySplint Soft resin is an FDA 510(k)-cleared Class II material that reportedly combines the strength needed to protect teeth with added flexibility for better patient comfort. As stated in a press release, the flexibility of the material further prevents brittleness and breakage, as happens all too often with other types of splints. KeySplint Soft resin is translucent, polishable, and can be cleaned by the patient.

“These 3D-printed night guards are simply amazing. The accuracy of the digital design allows delivery appointments to be insanely quick and patients appreciate the comfortable fit. I rarely need to make any initial adjustments to the device and very few on follow-up visits,” said Brian Holman, DDS, of Holman Orthodontics in Salt Lake City, Utah, an early user.

Dental and orthodontic practitioners can order Owen Tripod Splints for their patients directly from OrthoSelect by submitting digital scans through the OrthoSelect Splints portal. Lab turnaround time is typically 24-48 hours upon receipt of scans. Expedited shipping is also available.