SureSmile You've probably heard from friends or family that wearing braces is a long-term commitment, taking more than two years on average. With SureSmile orthodontic treatment, getting braces isn't what it used to be! You'll get outstanding results in less time. With SureSmile, your doctor delivers the most precise orthodontic treatment available. The SureSmile braces are designed for you with advanced technology to move your teeth more accurately 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. Instead of the doctor bending an archwire by hand, a SureSmile wire is custom-shaped by a robot. Once the wire is inserted, each tooth moves directly to the prescribed position. It's this precise, smooth movement that enables great results, a more comfortable experience than traditional braces and shorter treatment time. Since SureSmile patients spend less time in treatment, they also make fewer visits to their orthodontists – a benefit any patient will appreciate. And, by quickly returning to a normal oral hygiene routine, maintaining healthy teeth and gums is easier. Technology Precision Never Before 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 scanning 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 the gentle forces needed to move your teeth consistently and directly to their desired finishing position. SureSmile® FAQ 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. How does SureSmile Treatment Planning Software work? Using SureSmile Treatment Planning Software, your orthodontist can evaluate treatment options, visualize the desired end result and the desired position for each tooth. The plan allows your orthodontist to design archwires that move teeth in the most direct path to their target positions without the need for multiple adjustments. The software also allows your orthodontist to digitally evaluate progress during treatment. 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 your treatment, thanks to 3-D tools and the accuracy they bring to 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. 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. 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 their target positions.