Typical questions at the initial orthodontic visit include if braces or any orthodontic treatment is needed, how long it will take, and how will it feel. Well, we have been utilizing Suresmile technology in our office since 2003 because it allows us to plan more effectively for more predictable results while shortening treatment times, reducing the number of office visits which equates to overall less discomfort! SureSmile® orthodontic technology, allows us to customize your treatment in a way that will shift your teeth to their correct position more precisely than ever before.
You may have heard that braces are a long-term commitment, taking two years on average. While that may be true of traditional orthodontics, SureSmile offers sophisticated 3D imaging, treatment planning, and customized precision archwires, so we can reduce treatment time compared to conventional braces. It truly is technology applied at the highest level. The usual trial and error approach is replaced with in-depth planning and fabrication. The appropriate analogy is “measure twice, cut once.”
Treatment times in our office have been reduced by 35% compared to more traditional approaches.
In addition to shortening treatment times, the greater efficiency of the SureSmile system helps reduce the number of wire changes and adjustments you’ll need. That means fewer trips to the orthodontist.
The 3D software lets us analyze how to effectively and efficiently align your teeth and design personalized archwires to move your teeth into proper alignment smoothly and directly, reducing the number of maintenance visits.
Wire adjustments and changes have never exactly been anyone’s favorite part of the process. The SureSmile system, though, is engineered to maximize the therapeutic efficiency of each wire, significantly reducing the number of adjustments needed. This means you can avoid some of the traditional discomfort people associate with braces over the course of your treatment.
Shorter treatment times do not mean a compromise in the outcomes. In fact, with these sophisticated planning tools, treatment plans can be developed and executed more precisely than ever before.
Think about the proverb that says “measure twice, cut once.” In other words, plan and prepare in a careful, thorough manner before taking action.
Using advanced computerized technology, SureSmile® creates a 3-D imaging model by scanning your teeth with specialized technology. This 3-D image is typically captured using either a digital intraoral scanner (iTero or PrimeScan) or a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This 3-D model allows the orthodontist to see how your teeth fit together from any angle and helps to provide the most effective plan for your unique treatment needs. Once your treatment plan is decided, the SureSmile® software directs a robotic machine to create a shape-memory alloy arch-wire that will deliver the gentle force needed to shift your teeth to their desired position.
If you’re interested in learning more about the SureSmile treatment option and whether you’re a candidate for the treatment, contact us at Woodhill Dental Specialties today.