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At Great River Orthodontics, we are passionate about providing superior orthodontic treatment in a friendly, welcoming office environment.  Dr. Knapp works hard to treat every patient on an individual basis, designing personalized treatment plans that perfectly suit each patient’s unique orthodontic needs and lifestyle.

Braces are one of the most popular treatments we offer, but advances in orthodontic technology mean that even within the treatment method of braces you have additional options. SureSmile is one of them.

Harnessing Orthodontic Technology for Improved Results

While some orthodontic patients are lucky and can get their braces off within a year or less, most patients need to keep their braces on for a year and a half to two years, sometimes longer. However, thanks to an exciting alternative form of braces called SureSmile, treatment doesn’t have to take quite as long. SureSmile has been clinically proven to decrease treatment times by as much as 40%. This means that instead of 2 full years, you may only have to wear braces for 15 months!

The power of modern orthodontic technology makes this possible. SureSmile utilizes state-of-the-art tools and techniques to apply finely-tuned pressure to teeth, helping to increase the efficiency of tooth movement and get you a new smile faster. Furthermore, instead of using a standard factory archwire or having your orthodontist shape the wire by hand, SureSmile uses the accuracy of robotics for better precision.

Each SureSmile archwire is custom-shaped by a specialized robot. This creates finely calibrated changes in the wire that allow your orthodontist to apply a specific, fine-tuned directional force to effectively move all 32 adult teeth individually. The precise, smooth movement this process generates creates a straighter, more beautiful smile, is more comfortable than regular braces, and slashes treatment times nearly in half.

You’ll spend less time in braces, have to schedule fewer appointments with our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, or Onalaska, WI orthodontics office, and will be more comfortable throughout the process too. That’s a winning combination!

The SureSmile Process

SureSmile takes you through an advanced three-step process:

  • Step One: Advanced Optical Imaging: From the start, SureSmile harnesses the power of orthodontic technology by using optical imaging tools to create a fully-realized 3D computer model of your mouth and bite. This is far more precise than impressions, and it gives your orthodontist unparalleled insight into your orthodontic situation.
  • Step Two: Comprehensive Planning: Using the computer model, your orthodontist can take a closer look at your teeth and bite. The model also lets our team create virtual simulations to see exactly how treatment will affect your teeth, and plan the ideal route to your great smile accordingly.
  • Step Three: Robotic Precision: With a detailed plan in mind, we’ll upload directives to a robot that will carefully shape a memory alloy archwire based on your orthodontist’s instructions. This wire delivers force to each tooth individually instead of to all teeth at once, improving the efficiency of treatment.

Contact Great River Orthodontics

With SureSmile, braces don’t have to be such a long-term commitment. If you’d like to find out how SureSmile can get you a better smile in less time, just contact us at our La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, or Onalaska, WI orthodontics office today. We can’t wait to help you improve your smile!