You found out you’re getting braces. While you’re excited to finally have a beautiful, straight smile, you also dread the pain and discomfort and the constant visits to the orthodontist. There are also the few years where you’ll have to watch what you eat and the more tedious cleaning of your teeth with the braces.
The first step with traditional braces is getting a mold of your teeth so the orthodontist can have a starting point and come up with a targeted treatment plan. The mold used can be messy and uncomfortable for patients with bad gag reflexes. They are also not as accurate because they only let the orthodontist see the present placement and alignment of the patient’s teeth.
After a plan has been made, the braces are applied. Every month the patient must come in to have the wires tightened and adjusted to ensure progressive, correct movement of teeth toward the final target goal of the treatment. Many patients find this constant adjusting of the wires to be inconvenient and somewhat painful.
What are SureClear Aligners and SureSmile Technology?
Braces have improved over the years thanks to improved technology such as SureSmile. The SureSmile treatment involves a 3-D computer model of a patient’s bite with the use of 3-D images taken from either a OraScanner or Cone Beam Computed Tomography your bite by using advanced imaging technology to scan your teeth. With these images, the orthodontist can see the patient’s teeth and bite from any angle without the use of messy molds.
With the same SureSmile technology, the orthodontist can perform and view various treatment outcome simulations. With an actual image of the desired treatment results, he or she can then come up with a more effective treatment plan.
SureClear aligners are used in conjunction with braces that utilize SureSmile technology. These clear aligners are custom made based on a patient’s specific treatment plan.