The SureSmile® system offers quicker and more efficient treatment times than traditional dental braces. In fact, SureSmile braces can reduce the overall treatment times by as much as 40%. Though the majority of people love the thought of straight, healthy teeth, most do not relish the prospect of spending several years wearing braces. Contrary to popular belief, SureSmile® does not move the teeth more quickly. The teeth move with added precision at the same speed.
The SureSmile® technologies allow the dentist to view the teeth in 3D from every angle, and then plan treatment accordingly. In addition, the braces themselves are created by a computer program, and activated by body heat.
SureSmile® has many advantages over traditional dental braces, including:
Fewer visits to the orthodontist.
Less soreness and discomfort.
More accurate, better results.
Shorter treatment times.
How can SureSmile® help me?
There are many ways in which the SureSmile® system is helpful to patients. Better precision means better results and a much straighter smile. SureSmile® also reduces the amount of discomfort by maximizing the effectiveness of dental wires.
Generally, brace wearers dislike adjustment appointments because they cause pain and discomfort. Fortunately, SureSmile® is able to take most of these appointments out of the equation, and leave the teeth healthier and straighter. SureSmile® offers fantastic results to people of any age – the only prerequisite is generally healthy teeth and gums.
What does getting SureSmile® braces involve?
Initially, the orthodontist will want to check the mouth for signs of decay and disease. If any irregularities are noted, they will need to be controlled before SureSmile® braces are applied.
The first stage of orthodontic treatment involves planning. A three-dimensional model of the teeth will be created using a Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) device or an OraScanner. The images available to the dentist are remarkably sharp and show the exact position of every tooth, root, nerve and blood vessel.
The dentist is able to simulate how different treatments will change the orientation of the teeth with 3D software. Every angle is examined and different approaches are considered. The software is so advanced that the dentist can use it to “look into the future” and view the final position of the bite.
When the treatment has been fully planned, it is time for the SureSmile® robot to create the prescription braces. The SureSmile® robot engineers a Copper Ni Ti shape-memory archwire. The archwire will gently assert constant pressure on the teeth to move them into the desired position.
The main difference between the SureSmile® archwire and the traditional archwire is the technology involved. Instead of going back to the office every few weeks to have the brace adjusted, the SureSmile® archwire is activated by body heat and tightens automatically. As a result, adjustments should not cause discomfort, dental visits should be less frequent, and results should be achieved quicker.
If you have questions about SureSmile® or any other orthodontic system, please contact our office. Dr. James B. Lewis and Dr. Mark W. Hawn are general dentists with extensive continuing education to practice functional jaw orthopedics and orthodontics.