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SureSmile Orthodontic Technology

You're getting braces. And while you're excited about having that great smile, you may be nervous about wearing the wires and brackets. Well, there is a new, technologically advanced orthodontic system that makes straightening your teeth a lot more precise and more accurate compared to conventional orthodontic treatment. It's called SureSmile and it's changing the way people feel about braces.

SureSmile reinventing orthodontic treatment

Unlike conventional treatment, which relies on plaster models and X-rays, the SureSmile treatment starts by providing your orthodontist with a detailed 3D computer model of your teeth, allowing your orthodontist to plan individual tooth movements throughout your entire "braces experience." SureSmile robots then customize individual braces archwires to match your treatment plan.

SureSmile orthodontic technology enables your orthodontist to create more accurate treatment plans designed to move your teeth to their correct position more efficiently than ever before, thus improving the quality of your treatment results and cutting your total time in braces by up to 29%.*

*SureSmile has been shown to reduce treatment time by an average of 29%, based on a March 2012 comparison of 7,042 patients treated with SureSmile to 200 conventionally treated patients.

With cutting-edge orthodontic technology from SureSmile, your orthodontist can offer you a treatment with:

  • High quality results – With SureSmile precision, teeth move directly to their prescribed positions
  • Less overall discomfort – SureSmile treatment plans reduce pain from braces by decreasing the number of wire adjustments needed during treatment
  • Fewer office visits – The SureSmile technology improves orthodontic efficiency and accuracy, for fewer office visits and less time in braces!
 

SureSmile® Comparison

SureSmile Orthodontic Treatment vs. Conventional Braces

By using customized SureSmile archwires, your orthodontist's treatment plan will move each tooth to the target position in a more direct path than with traditional braces. With the accuracy and efficiency of SureSmile, your orthodontist can provide a quality of treatment designed to produce high quality results all while spending less time in braces.

SureSmile Treatment Conventional Treatment
Braces on 3D Computer Model of Teeth 1. SureSmile creates a 3D computer model of your bite by using advanced imaging technology to scan your teeth. Traditional orthodontics plaster model of teeth 1. In traditional orthodontics, a doctor uses a plaster model and 2D X-rays to determine a general treatment plan.
Digital Braces Treatment Planning with SureSmile 3-D orthodontic computer model 2. With the 3D model, the doctor can now see your teeth, the root of your teeth in your jaw bone, and how they all fit together from any angle. Traditional Orthodontic Treatment Planning 2. The finishing positions for your teeth are developed over time by viewing progress at frequent monitoring visits.
SureSmile Robotic Arm Customizing Braces Archwire for Treatment 3. Once your treatment plan is determine, SureSmile directs a robot to bend a Shape-Memory Alloy archwire according to your doctor's prescription. Traditional Orthodontic Treatment Planning 3. Archwires are bent by hand at chairside during each appointment, requiring continuous readjustment over the course of treatment.

The SureSmile® Process

What is the SureSmile Process?

SureSmile precision braces are designed for you with advanced technology to move your teeth more precisely than ever before. After your SureSmile wire is inserted, you'll be on your way to a beautiful, healthy smile sooner than you thought possible.

Step one: Advanced Imaging

SureSmile creates a 3-D computer model of your bite by using advanced imaging technology to scan your teeth. The 3-D image can be captured with the OraScanner® or Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). The scan procedure is the beginning of your SureSmile treatment.

Step two: Prescriptive Planning

With the 3-D model, the doctor can now see your teeth from any angle and how they fit together. SureSmile Treatment Planning software provides virtual simulation tools that allow your doctor to determine the final position of your teeth and the most effective plan for your unique treatment needs.

Step three: Robotic Accuracy

Once your treatment plan is determined, SureSmile directs a robot to bend a shape memory alloy archwire according to your doctor's prescription. This wire is designed to deliver gentle forces needed to move your teeth consistently and more directly to their desired finishing position.

  • Conebeam Computed Tomography scans allow your doctor to better analyze the orientation and position of your teeth and roots by showing the detail between different tissue types such as bone, teeth, nerves and soft tissue.
  • SureSmile software provides virtual simulations for your doctor to review planning options and determine your optimum treatment. The target position of each tooth is planned in advance so you'll know what outcome to expect.
  • Shape Memory Alloy archwires are made by heating Copper Ni-Ti® metal to more than 1000ºF during the robotic customization process. These "smart" wires permanently retain your individual prescription and are activated by your own body heat.

How SureSmile® Works

With SureSmile orthodontic technology, your orthodontist can design your braces treatment in a way that moves your teeth to their desired position more precisely than ever before. With the accuracy of a SureSmile treatment plan, you'll be on your way to a beautiful, healthy smile while spending less time in braces compared to conventional orthodontic treatment.

SureSmile - How it Works:

Step one: Advanced Orthodontic Imaging

SureSmile creates a 3-D computer model of your bite by using advanced imaging technology to scan your teeth. The 3-D image is captured with the OraScanner® or Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This scan procedure is the beginning of your SureSmile treatment.

  • When used, Conebeam Computed Tomography (CBCT) scans allow your orthodontist to better analyze the orientation and position of your teeth and roots by showing additional tissue types such as bone, teeth, nerves and soft tissue.

Step two: Prescriptive Treatment Planning

With the 3D model, the doctor can now see how your teeth fit together from any angle. SureSmile treatment planning software provides virtual simulation tools that allow your doctor to determine the final position of your teeth and define the most effective plan for your unique treatment needs.

  • SureSmile software provides virtual simulations for your doctor to review planning options and determine your optimum treatment. The target position of each tooth is planned in advance so you'll know what outcome to expect.

Step three: Robotic Accuracy

Once your orthodontist defines your treatment plan, the SureSmile technology directs a robot to bend a shape memory alloy archwire according to your customized prescription. This wire is designed to deliver the gentle forces needed to move your teeth consistently and more directly to their desired finishing position.

  • Shape Memory Alloy archwires are made by heating Copper Ni-Ti® metal to more than 1000°F during the robotic customization process. These "smart" wires permanently retain your individual prescription and are activated by your own body heat.

Find out how SureSmile treatment is different than conventional braces.

SureSmile® Before and After

SureSmile can help people with many types of orthodontic issues get the straight, beautiful smile and healthy bite they've always wanted.

SureSmile Before and After

SureSmile® Testimonials

SureSmile advanced treatment technology enables orthodontists to plan individual treatments that are more accurate and more comfortable than traditional braces, all while reducing the amount of time you'll spend in braces. But don't just take our word for it. Here's what some real SureSmile patients have to say about their experiences.

SureSmile® QT

Woman smiling with hidden SureSmile QT lingual braces

Lingual Braces with SureSmile QT

Hide your braces, not your smile!

SureSmile QT is a revolutionary approach to orthodontics for those who prefer a more discreet option for a beautiful, healthy smile. With SureSmile QT lingual braces, brackets and wires are placed on the inside, or lingual side, of your teeth. These braces are hidden from sight, but you still get the full benefits of SureSmile treatment accuracy.

SureSmile QT Lingual Braces teeth models

  • Lingual braces are completely hidden behind the teeth and, unlike clear braces or aligners, are invisible from the front.
  • SureSmileQT lingual braces are perfect for teens and adults who want to improve their smile without sacrificing aesthetics.
  • Patients who take advantage of SureSmile QT get the same accurate and advanced 3D imaging, virtual simulations, and robotically bent archwires customized for each individual treatment.
  • Because of SureSmile's advanced technology, patients using SureSmileQT can still have shorter overall treatment times and fewer office visits.
  • SureSmileQT uses the same custom SureSmile archwire which provides smoother movement for a more comfortable experience than traditional braces.

SureSmile® FAQs

SureSmile Robotic Arm Customizing Braces Archwire

How does robotic wire bending make my treatment more precise?

Instead of your orthodontist bending an archwire by hand, as in conventional treatment, SureSmile technology uses robotic hands to precisely bend archwires to your unique prescription. SureSmile provides maximum control of tooth movement, and this efficiency saves you time in treatment.

Digital Orthodontic Treatment Planning

How does SureSmile Treatment Planning Software work?

Using SureSmile Treatment Planning Software, your orthodontist can evaluate treatment options, visualize the desired end result and desired position for each tooth. The plan allows your orthodontist to design archwires that move teeth in the most direct path to the target without the need for multiple adjustments. The software also allows your orthodontist to digitally evaluate progress during treatment.

SureSmile OraScanner - Digital Orthodontic Scanner

How does the OraScanner work?

The OraScanner is a hand-held device that functions much like a 3-D digital camera, taking pictures of your teeth using flashing white light. The images create a 3-D model in real-time during the scanning procedure.

How much does SureSmile cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment is determined by your individual orthodontist and depends on many factors, including the complexity of your case.

Is my orthodontist still in control of my treatment?

Absolutely. In fact, with SureSmile your orthodontist has even greater control of treatment, thanks to 3-D tools and the accuracy they bring to treatment planning.

SureSmile Digital Orthodontic Treatment Planning

Is SureSmile treatment really less painful than traditional orthodontic treatment?

The pain patients experience during orthodontic treatment is a result of changes in pressure caused by adjusting wires. Patients who use SureSmile treatment experience less pain, because fewer wire adjustments and changes are required.

Braces Archwire Placement on 3-D Orthodontic Scan of Teeth

Is there a risk of damaging my teeth because they're moving faster?

SureSmile archwires don't move teeth any faster than conventional archwires. The time difference is due to the computerized treatment plan, made possible through 3-D imaging. Instead of a continually evolving plan with frequent adjustments, your teeth move along a more direct path to their target positions. Your overall treatment is shorter due to the shorter distance the teeth have to travel.

SureSmile Shape Memory Alloy Archwire for Braces

What are SureSmile Shape Memory Alloy archwires?

Orthodontists have used Shape Memory Alloy in straight archwires for the last decade. But until the introduction of our robotic process, they haven't been able to shape archwires into customized prescriptions because of the high temperature required for bending the alloy. When robotic hands bend the heated alloy material into customized prescriptions, the archwires deliver precise, constant force to move teeth more directly into target positions.

© 2011 OraMetrix, Inc. All rights reserved. SureSmile and OraScanner are registered trademarks of OraMetrix. Copper Ni-Ti is a registered trademark of Ormco Corporation.

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