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 bend archwires precisely to your unique prescription. SureSmile provides maximum control of tooth movement, and this efficiency saves you time in treatment.

Braces on Orthodontic 3-D Digital Model of Teeth

How does SureSmile treatment planning software work?

Using SureSmile treatment planning software, Dr. Rigsbee can evaluate treatment options, and visualize the desired end result and position for each tooth. The plan allows him to design archwires that move teeth in the most direct path to the target without the need for multiple adjustments. The software also allows an 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 3D digital camera. It takes pictures of your teeth using flashing white light. The images create a 3D 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 3D 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 that 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 3D 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 past 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.

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