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HeatWave™ represents a noteworthy evolution in impression trays by taking a truly anatomically designed tray and adding the ability to self-customize chair-side. The result is an ideal fit with vertical...

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Item Number: 188932
Impression Trays
Clinician's Choice

HeatWave™ represents a noteworthy evolution in impression trays by taking a truly anatomically designed tray and adding the ability to self-customize chair-side. The result is an ideal fit with vertical drive that rivals that of a custom tray for perfectly precise impressions every time.

The ability to adapt the HeatWave tray chair-side eliminates the need for time-consuming and expensive custom or laboratory fabricated trays. With HeatWave, the clinician can easily self-customize the thermoplastic trays by hand after immersing them in water for 60 seconds at 70°C/158°F. The tray can then be shaped by hand and moulded to a patient’s particular arch size and contour. After adaption, the tray will assume its normal rigidity at room temperature or by running under cold water, allowing for a precise impression.

HeatWave provides a significant advantage for all full-arch impressions, and specifically in cases where exostoses, tori and mal-positioned teeth are present and stock trays cannot seat properly, thereby inhibiting the ability to capture accurate detail. These mouldable trays also eliminate the patient discomfort caused when stock trays get caught up on bony anatomical variances.

Because HeatWave trays provide a better, more anatomical fit, impression space is limited which means you’ll also use less impression material, similar to a custom tray technique. Moreover, this precise fit creates optimal dynamic pressure around the arch during insertion which greatly reduces the risk of impression distortion.

HeatWave Customizable Impression Trays are available in 4 upper (salmon-coloured) and 4 lower (yellow-coloured) sizes and are designed to accommodate square, round, or gothic shaped arches. The ability to customize the tray limits the sizes needed thereby reducing inventory. A unique caliper measuring system, measures both arch width and angle, allowing for easy selection of the ideal sized tray thus drastically reducing tray selection time.

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  1. Using the calipers provided, measure the patient’s arch width by placing the caliper tabs on the lingual of the first molar and second bicuspid.

    HeatWave Tray Calipers Intraoral
  2. Place the calipers on the size chart to determine the appropriate tray size.

    HeatWave Calipers Size Chart
  3. Select the relevant tray and immerse in a water bath of 158°F/70°C for one minute.

    HeatWave Tray in Water Bath
  4. Once heated, the tray can be adapted by hand.

    HeatWave Tray Adaption
  5. Keep desired form stable for five seconds. Check fit in the mouth and repeat the moulding procedure if needed. If fit is achieved, run the tray under cold water for five seconds to set form.

    HeatWave Tray Intraoral
  6. The resulting final impression.

    HeatWave Tray Final Impression

Dentistry and photography courtesy of Dr. Brad Carson.

HeatWave Customizable Impression Trays from Clinician's Choice represent a noteworthy evolution in impression trays, by taking truly anatomically designed trays and adding the ability to self-customize chair-side.

Dr. Todd Snyder’s Clinical Tip: Heatwave Customizable Impression Tray

HeatWave Intro Kit (Item Number: 188932):

  • 4 x Size 42 Upper Tray
  • 4 x Size 43 Upper Tray
  • 4 x Size 44 Upper Tray
  • 4 x Size 45 Upper Tray
  • 4 x Size 51 Lower Tray
  • 4 x Size 52 Lower Tray
  • 4 x Size 53 Lower Tray
  • 4 x Size 54 Lower Tray
  • 1 x Measuring Calipers
  • 1 x Sizing Chart

Size 42 Upper Tray Refill (188142): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 43 Upper Tray Refill (188143): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 44 Upper Tray Refill (188144): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 45 Upper Tray Refill (188145): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 51 Lower Tray Refill (188151): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 52 Lower Tray Refill (188152): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 53 Lower Tray Refill (188153): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Size 54 Lower Tray Refill (188154): available in 10-Pack quantities.

Quadrant Pack (188710): available in 10-Pack quantities, 5 right trays (quadrants 1 & 3) and 5 left trays (quadrants 2 & 4).

Click here to view the HeatWave Product Sheet.

Click here to view the Heatwave Size Chart.

Click here to view Smile Update: Maximum Results with Minimum Treatment Clinical Practice in Dental Product Shopper with Dr. Todd Snyder.

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