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.