SureSmile Orthodontic Technology
The SureSmile orthodontic process is a proven method dramatically enhanced and improved with the use of cutting edge technology. Traditional braces have now met a challenging competitor with the Invisalign orthodontic process. As tremendous as this solution is it still is not the correct or appropriate avenue for all patients. Match the traditional method with digital precision to improve both the process and the results and you now have the introduction of SureSmile as a revolutionary option. We’ll take a moment and review the methods of traditional braces, the comparative benefits of the Invisalign system and then get into the SureSmile process and what makes it now possibly the best alternative.
The SureSmile Process
SureSmile actually dates back to its introduction in 1998 when it was invented by through the merger of a German medical technology company and a US based company and then approved by the FDA in 2000. To walk you through the process, Dr. Pan will first have your teeth professionally cleaned. The next step is the capturing of 3D scans of your teeth with a device called iTero intraoral scanner or Cone Beam Computed Tomography. This advanced technology allows Dr. Pan to see each and every tooth from any angle and then also the total interaction of the teeth as a whole, including the bite patterns. Dr. Pan can then determine the final position of each and every tooth with virtual simulation tools and then the most effective plan to treat your specific needs and challenges.
So, Step One was about advanced technology. Step Two is also about advanced technology. The digitized treatment plan is sent to a robot. This robot is used to shape a memory arch wire according to that specific plan. This arch wire is made from nickel titanium with a copper core. The robot is able to heat this arch wire to more than a 1000 degrees during the customization process. The arch wire maintains your prescription in that wire and then the wire is activated with your own body temperature. The positioning of the brackets, thanks to the 3D scans, and the absolute precision of the arch wire makes the accuracy of the SureSmile system unparalleled.
When the brackets and arch wire are mounted on the back side of your teeth this process is called lingual braces. You can also do this method with SureSmile, called SureSmile QT. The same robotic technology is used to deliver the same accurate and efficient results. This method is often used for those that aesthetically don’t want to see the braces every time they smile. Dr. Pan can get creative. An example would be using Invisalign on the upper teeth and braces on the bottom teeth.
The Comparisons between Traditional Braces and SureSmile
The first difference is the dismissal of the stone or plaster model with the 3D computer generated model. The traditional braces had Dr. Pan bending the arch wires by hand versus the precision of the robot. The stainless-steel wire of the traditional version is replaced by the memory arch wire. The teeth move at the same speed regardless of the process, but the SureSmile maximizes efficiencies in getting from point A to point B for all the teeth involved.
Pan Orthodontics Philosophy
To treat our patients as our families and to treat others as how we want to be treated. From your first phone call to the moment your new smile is born, everything in our office is set up to ensure an excellent experience with us. We will always listen to you and improve with your suggestions.
Our Commitment to You
We will continue to keep up with the ever growing digital technologies to improve your orthodontic experience. We also commit to always help you find the most convenient time for your visit with us.