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The field of orthodontics has seen many advances since the days when prominent metal braces were the standard treatment option for misaligned teeth and bite irregularities. For individuals who are looking for ways to correct mild to moderate orthodontic concerns, SureSmile® may be the ideal solution. SureSmile® is a special technique that uses a system of customized, translucent aligners to gradually shift the teeth into a more desirable position. The aligners are flexible and removable, allowing for a more comfortable and discreet treatment process. In fact, SureSmile® aligners are so thin and clear that they are almost impossible for others to notice them, even at a close range.

One of our experienced cosmetic dentists at Scottsdale Smile Center will be happy to talk with you about whether SureSmile® is the right option for your needs. Please contact us today with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.

What Can SureSmile® Do for Me?

SureSmile® offers numerous benefits for patients looking for effective orthodontic treatment options, including:

  • Discreet correction of teeth misalignment and bite concerns
  • SureSmile® aligners are clear, flexible, and removable for eating and drinking
  • No metal wires or brackets are necessary
  • The aligners are very thin and virtually invisible while they are on the teeth
  • The aligners are often said to be more comfortable and more efficient than braces
  • The aligners are easy to clean
  • Total treatment time is often less than what would be required with traditional braces

Am I a Candidate for SureSmile®?

Good candidates for SureSmile® often include individuals who have orthodontic concerns such as:

  • “Crooked” and misaligned teeth
  • Excessive gaps and spaces between the teeth
  • Teeth that are crowded together in certain areas
  • Bite issues such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite

It is important to note that SureSmile® is typically most effective for patients who have mild to moderate orthodontic conditions. More severe or complex orthodontic concerns may be better served by an alternative therapy. Once our dentist has examined your teeth he can determine whether SureSmile® or another innovative treatment may be best for your needs. Scottsdale Smile Center offers a number of options, including Invisalign® and “instant orthodontics” with porcelain veneers, that have helped many patients achieve their orthodontic treatment goals.

What Is Involved in the SureSmile® Treatment Process?

Once you have been determined to be an ideal candidate for SureSmile®, our dentist will create a 3-Dimensional model of your teeth right down to the roots, which will serve as the foundational “blueprint” of the treatment process. This digital impression, along with advanced treatment planning software, allows our dentist to evaluate your bite from multiple angles and precisely calculate the measurements and movement of the SureSmile® aligners in order to provide the best results possible. Another benefit of SureSmile’s digital planning stage is that you will get to visualize the potential results before you even undergo the treatment. Once the treatment plan is in place, your SureSmile® aligners will be fabricated at SureSmile’s Digital Lab and will be provided to you at your next appointment. You will wear one set of custom aligners for a specified period of time, and then switch to the next set in the series. Each aligner is designed to make small adjustments in teeth movement, gradually shifting your teeth into a straighter position.

The SureSmile® treatment process is overseen by our dentist at all stages, which can give you the assurance that this orthodontic therapy is customized and supervised by an experienced professional.

How Long Will SureSmile® Take to Produce Optimal Results?

The exact length of time for SureSmile® to produce optimal results will ultimately depend on each patient’s unique needs, goals, and the severity of the concerns being addressed. Some patients may achieve the best results from SureSmile® in as little as six months, while others may require up to 18 months for optimal outcomes. With this in mind, one of the most prominent benefits of SureSmile® is that it typically takes less time to achieve straighter teeth than other types of orthodontic treatment.

Following the treatment protocol very closely is a vital aspect of achieving successful SureSmile® results in the quickest amount of time possible. Patients should wear their aligners a minimum of 20-22 hours per day, change out their aligners according to the schedule, and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure the treatment process is running smoothly.

How Much Does SureSmile® Cost?

The total cost of SureSmile® varies among patients due to the customized nature of this treatment. Factors that will be taken into account for the price of SureSmile® include the complexity and severity of your orthodontic concerns, the projected length of time the treatment will take to achieve optimal results, and other associated components of the treatment process. Once your teeth have been evaluated and the SureSmile® treatment plan has been developed during the initial consultation, a member of our team can produce a total cost estimate and answer any questions you may have.

To learn more about SureSmile®, or to schedule an appointment here at Scottsdale Smile Center, please contact us today.