What if you could reduce the chance of unnecessary emergency orthodontist visits during your orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®?
Our very own orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Cetta at our Bradenton FL location, co-invented a custom orthodontic appliance that allows patients to do just that!
Although clear plastic aligners straighten teeth, elastic rubber bands are often necessary to correct the bite. While it was previously possible to attach elastics to the slits in the plastic aligners, rubber bands often popped loose, or the aligner bowed outwards, causing a poking piece of plastic. As an alternative approach to attaching the elastics, orthodontists used adapted parts from braces and adhered them directly to the teeth. However, these metal buttons and molar tube brackets were not intended to be used with aligners in that fashion, and they often broke loose or irritated the cheeks and gums. This resulted in many unnecessary emergency visits to the orthodontist, which was frustrating for both the patients and doctors.
“I have always been a creative person and one of my favorite shows is ABC’s Shark Tank,'' said Dr. Cetta. “One day I asked, why aren’t the buttons we use shaped to fit within Invisalign’s semi-circle cutouts like a puzzle piece? While this was obvious to me, no one had previously considered it. Taking advantage of the additional surface area within the cutout window would lead to a stronger adherence to the tooth. Also, the button could be customized to make it more comfortable for patients and easier to attach elastics.”
Dr. Cetta and his partner, Dr. Richard Kaye of Moorestown, NJ, patented their innovative design and licensed the product for manufacture and sale. Precision Aligner Buttons™ by DynaFlex are now used by orthodontists worldwide to correct various issues such as an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bites. Their Precision Aligner Buttons™ have been featured in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Orthodontics as well as profiled for Inc. Magazine.
See the full view of this innovative button:
Schedule a complimentary consultation to see if you’re a good candidate to correct your bite with Invisalign® and Precision Aligner Buttons™.
We offer Invisalign for teens and Invisalign for adults at our Bradenton orthodontic office as well as other orthodontic offices near you in Tampa Bay, FL.
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