SureSmile 3D Imaging Technology - Up to 40% Less time in Braces!
Computer x-ray imaging and diagnostic software programs have helped foster innovations in orthodontics. Launched in 2002, the success of SureSmile treatment is based on 3-D imaging technology. The same technology that allows us to watch Avatar in 3D on the big screen, allows Dr. Nalchajian to simulate orthodontic movement on a computer screen.
Instead of manually bending archwires visit after visit for 18-24 months, Suresmile allows Dr. Greg and Dr. Nicole to design the most direct route for each tooth early in the treatment process. The teeth aren't moving any faster than with conventional braces, they are simply taking a more direct route to their correct positions.
SureSmile has been shown in studies to reduce time in braces by up to 40%. This means fewer visits, less time away from work and school, and less interruption of your lifestyle!
Damon® braces were invented by Dr. Dwight Damon. The Damon® bracket utilizes (sliding-door) technology known as "self-ligation" that allows the wire to slide back and forth within the bracket. No elastic or steel ties are used with Damon® brackets. This technology creates less friction and results in greater comfort for the patient. In addition, Damon® braces often reduce both treatment time and the number of adjustments that are usually performed.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
The Invisalign® System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign® system.
In cases where a small lower jaw is further back than it should be, we like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth. Braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen. Even though the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movement still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.
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