Our SureSmile Difference

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Our SureSmile® Difference

With SureSmile orthodontic technology, Dr. Jordan can design your braces treatment in a way that moves your teeth to their desired position more precisely than ever before. With the accuracy of a SureSmile treatment plan, you will be on your way to a beautiful, healthy smile while spending less time in braces compared to traditional orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jordan creates a 3-D computer model of your bite by using advanced imaging technology to scan your teeth. The 3-D image is captured with Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT). This scan procedure is the beginning of your SureSmile treatment.  CBCT allows Dr. Jordan to better analyze the orientation and position of your teeth and roots by showing additional tissue types, such as bone, nerves, muscle and soft tissue. 

Here at Dr. Jordan’s office, we are the only orthodontic practice in East Central Illinois which combines the powerful technologies of SureSmile, CBCT, and the iTero® scanner. This awesome state-of-the-art technology allows Dr. Jordan to arrive at your healthy, beautiful bite and smile by not only paying attention to the teeth, but also how the teeth fit inside the bone as well as their relationship with the gums.

With the 3-D model, Dr. Jordan can now see how your teeth fit together from any angle in all three planes of space. This is impossible inside a patient’s mouth. SureSmile treatment planning software provides virtual simulation tools that allow Dr. Jordan to determine the final position of your teeth and define the most effective plan for your unique treatment needs.

SureSmile software provides virtual simulations for Dr. Jordan to review planning options and determine the best treatment for you. He can plan the target position of each tooth in advance so that you will know what outcome to expect.

Once Dr. Jordan defines your treatment plan, the SureSmile technology directs a robot to bend a shape-memory alloy archwire according to the customized prescription Dr. Jordan has created for your teeth, bite and smile. This wire is designed to deliver gentle forces needed to move your teeth consistently and more directly to their desired finishing position. These “smart” wires permanently retain your individual prescription and are activated by your own body heat.

SureSmile FAQ’s

What is SureSmile?
SureSmile technology gives Dr. Jordan more control to precisely configure your treatment plan. This results in a beautiful smile in less time compared to traditional braces.

How does the robotic wire bending make my treatment more precise?
Instead of Dr. Jordan bending an archwire by hand, as in traditional braces, SureSmile technology uses robotic hands to precisely bend wires 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, Dr. Jordan can evaluate treatment options, as well as visualize the desired end result and desired position for each tooth. The plan allows Dr. Jordan to design archwires that move teeth in the most direct path to their targets without the need for multiple adjustments. The software also allows Dr. Jordan to digitally evaluate progress during treatment.

How does Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) work?
Cone Beam Computed Tomography is one of the most current and innovative image scanning machines used in medicine and dentistry. This technology boasts numerous advantages over other imaging equipment, including accuracy, speed and safety. With this equipment, we can acquire 3-D data at much lower radiation doses, because the beam is narrowed into a cone rather than being scattered in all directions. 

The images created from the CBCT are then processed into a real-time 3-D model of the patient’s jaws, teeth, and soft tissues, which allows Dr. Jordan to very accurately move the teeth into the best desired targets for the health of each tooth and the patient.

How much does SureSmile cost?
For new patients, Dr. Jordan does not charge extra for SureSmile treatment. In our office, SureSmile has become our standard of care for any eligible patient.

Is Dr. Jordan still in control of my treatment?
Absolutely!  In fact, with SureSmile, Dr. Jordan has even greater control of treatment, thanks to 3-D tools and the accuracy they bring to treatment planning, and in turn the movement of teeth and final result!

Is SureSmile treatment really less painful than traditional orthodontic treatment?
The discomfort patients experience during orthodontic treatment is a result of changes in pressure caused by adjusting wires. Patients who use SureSmile treatment experience less discomfort, because fewer wire adjustments and changes are needed.

Is there a risk of damaging my teeth because they're moving faster?
SureSmile archwires do not move teeth any faster than traditional wires and braces. 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 past decade. But until the introduction of SureSmile’s robotic process, they have not 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 forces to move teeth more directly into target positions.

Your SureSmile Treatment
You may be wondering what to expect with your SureSmile treatment. Below is a general overview of the treatment process.

Bonding Appointment
Your treatment begins when your braces are placed. With SureSmile, your treatment will be shorter, require less office visits, and be more comfortable. First, we will place the brackets and insert a standard traditional straight wire through them. This will cause your teeth to move, so you may notice the change. This is the first step to a healthy bite and beautiful smile.

Once your teeth begin to move and to level and align, you will be ready for your SureSmile scan. Using our CBCT machine, we will create a 3-D model and capture images of your bite, teeth and smile. Dr. Jordan will talk more about this exciting part of the treatment process as you get closer to that appointment.

SureSmile is an advanced technology that reduces your treatment time and appointments. You play an important role in your treatment process. Please continue your daily hygiene/cleaning routine and follow all of Dr. Jordan’s instructions. Do not miss appointments, as this will delay treatment.

The SureSmile Scan
When Dr. Jordan believes you are ready for your first SureSmile wires, we will complete a scan. This is very simple, and similar to when we took X-rays using our CBCT machine. However, if you have fillings, we will complete the scan using the iTero scanner. The iTero scanner is just as easy to use as the CBCT machine; it just takes a few minutes rather than a few seconds. From the CBCT or iTero scan, the computer will then convert the photos to create the 3-D model of your teeth, gums and bone. You watch this process in real time, which is pretty cool!

After the model is created, Dr. Jordan will use it to decide the best position for each tooth, and design the shape and type of orthodontic wire especially for you. A robot will create the wire based on Dr. Jordan’s design.

If you were receiving treatment with traditional braces, the orthodontist would bend the wires manually, and make small adjustments throughout treatment; sometimes over-correcting and in some cases under-correcting, until your treatment goal is reached. With SureSmile, this is avoided since your wire is customized with the end result in mind.

First SureSmile Wire!
Here’s what you can expect when we insert your customized SureSmile wires. We will insert the wire into your brackets, just like we did at your first appointment. Remember, Dr. Jordan has designed your wires just for you!

The wires are made of a special material, known as a Shape Memory Alloy (copper nickel titanium). After the wires are placed in your mouth, your body heat stimulates them, and they will move your teeth in the position Dr. Jordan has programmed for them. The wires are very accurate. You may experience some discomfort, which is normal. Simply follow Dr. Jordan’s instructions to keep soreness to a minimum. The best way to do this is to chew sugar-free gum, and to eat! This will in a way “massage” your teeth and gums, helping them to feel better.