3M Oral Care, St Paul, Minn, has introduced 3M™ Incognito™ Brackets with Tip Bar. The inclusion of the tip bar feature gives the Incognito appliance system extensions on the mesial and distal sides of the lingual brackets, increasing the bracket slot width for improved angulation control.
The company included the tip bar after demands from orthodontists for more controlled appliances and techniques, while meeting patient demand for invisible and comfortable orthodontic treatment.
Other recent improvements to the Incognito Appliance System include:
- 3M AlastiK™ Lingual Ligatures. These ligatures are designed to improve ease of lingual bracket ligation while exhibiting the same wire fixation and force as an overtie. When used as plain ties, AlastiK Lingual Ligatures apply similar tip control compared to overties with powerchain, according to the company.
- The 3M Incognito Clear Precision Tray. The tray is manufactured from digital data used for bracket design, allowing for improved deviation compared with trays using manual positioning, according to the company. The tray also allows for easier visual control during the bonding process, and can be cut and used for more accurately replacing individual brackets.
- A lower arch attachment for the 3M Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Device and a special archwire sequence (available with either 3M Forsus EZ2 or L-pin Modules). These improvements are designed to simplify installation and reduce chair time, while giving the patient completely customized treatment.
The option of Incognito Brackets with Tip Bar can be ordered through the 3M Unitek™ Treatment Management Portal—the company’s orthodontic software platform for digital model management, treatment planning, and ordering.
Incognito Brackets with Tip Bar are also compatible with the Incognito Clear Precision Tray for indirect bonding.