Is 3D Indirect Bonding Right for Your Practice? 

For most of orthodontic treatment history, traditional direct bonding has been the standard for bracket placement. When it was the only option available, manual application worked wonders – but with the cutting-edge technology of the 21st century, 3D indirect bonding in orthodontics has made it possible to reduce human error and improve the speed and efficiency of bracket placement. So, is 3D indirect bonding right for your practice? It may be time to make the switch. 

What Is Indirect Bonding? 

3D Indirect Bonding (3DiB) is a cutting-edge treatment technique that allows you to incorporate digital scanning, virtual treatment planning, and 3D printing to improve the accuracy and precision of your orthodontic treatment. From the digital scanning phase to your review and approval, Specialty Appliance’s 3DiB approach practically eliminates human error in the bonding process and allows you to apply all brackets simultaneously in their exact right positions. 

Benefits for Orthodontists

Accuracy and Precision

3DiB introduces an unparalleled level of accuracy and precision in bracket placement to lay a better foundation for effective orthodontic treatment. By taking advantage of digital models and custom trays, you can achieve optimal bracket positioning tailored to each patient’s unique dental anatomy. 

This level of precision not only enhances the effectiveness of your treatments but also minimizes the need for adjustments, providing a streamlined path to your desired outcomes.

Efficiency in the Process

Integrating 3DiB into your orthodontic toolkit can significantly boost your practice’s efficiency. The digital planning and custom tray fabrication processes eliminate the guesswork and manual effort traditionally associated with bracket placement. 

This improved efficiency means you can see more patients in less time, helping you optimize your practice operations and reduce the duration of appointments, which, in turn, gives you more time to allocate to patient care and less to procedural tasks.

Customization and Flexibility

Specialty Appliance’s 3DiB offers an unmatched level of customization and flexibility, accommodating any major manufacturer’s brackets and catering to a wide range of patient needs. Whether working with ceramic, metal, twin, or self-ligating brackets, you can individually tailor every aspect of your patients’ treatment. 

The availability of various tray and arch options further enhances this adaptability, ensuring that each patient receives a 100% personalized treatment plan. This flexibility not only improves patient outcomes but also elevates your practice’s capability to handle complex cases so you can set a new standard in patient care.

Is 3D Indirect Bonding Right for Your Practice? 

Benefits for Patients

Reduced Chair Time

While a faster bonding day might be beneficial for you as the orthodontist, your patients will also enjoy a speedier process and a drastic reduction in chair time. Because the digital planning and custom tray fabrication processes are so efficient and precise, the actual time patients spend in the orthodontist’s chair for bracket placement can be kept to a minimum. 

This streamlined approach not only makes the treatment experience more convenient for your patients, but it also lessens the anxiety associated with lengthy dental appointments, making the orthodontic journey more comfortable for those you’re treating.

Enhanced Comfort and Experience

The accuracy of bracket placement achieved through 3DiB directly contributes to a more comfortable treatment experience. Precisely and optimally positioned brackets and wires reduce the likelihood of irritation and discomfort that is often associated with traditional bracket placement methods. 

Moreover, 3DiB brackets require fewer visits, which your patients will thank you for. 

Improved Treatment Outcomes

More than anything else, patients with 3DiB brackets benefit from improved results overall. The high degree of precision in 3DiB bracket placement ensures that the treatment plan is executed as intended, leading to more effective and efficient tooth movement. 

This accuracy makes treatment results more consistent, giving patients the desired aesthetic and functional results they sought treatment for with the individualized approach they need.

How 3D Indirect Bonding Works 

Step 1: Creation of Digital Files

The journey towards a transformed smile begins with the creation of digital files. You’ll submit the digital scans of your patients’ smiles, then the Specialty Appliances team will craft an ideal digital model of your patients’ teeth using these files. By accurately locating the long axis of each tooth and constructing an ideal occlusal plane, this model serves as the foundation for the entire 3D Indirect Bonding process.

You can then place brackets much more precisely according to specific treatment instructions, such as desired vertical heights, ensuring a customized approach from the outset.

Step 2: Doctor Reviews Bracket Placement

After our lab initially places the brackets in the digital model, Specialty Appliances will make the setup available for your review. This step allows you to evaluate each bracket’s position for yourself without the pressures of a clinical setting. 

During this time, you can make necessary adjustments to the placement to make sure that the final application will align perfectly with your patient’s treatment goals. This collaborative approach between our lab and your team makes for a richer, more precise treatment plan all the way around. 

Step 3: Specialty Prints the IB Models

Once you approve the bracket placement, Specialty Appliances will begin the fabrication phase, where we’ll use the approved digital plan to guide the creation of physical models and custom bonding trays. We will transfer brackets to these models, reflecting the precise placement determined in the digital planning phase. 

The fabrication of these custom trays is a pivotal moment, as it translates the digital plan into a tangible tool for transforming patient smiles, and this seamless transition from digital planning to physical application underscores the efficiency and accuracy of 3D Indirect Bonding.

Is 3D Indirect Bonding Right for Your Practice? 

Try 3DiB from Specialty Appliances

Keeping your practice on the cutting edge of treatment technology helps you to stand out against your local competitors and improve treatment outcomes overall. Give your practice an advantage – try 3DiB on your next case today.