Everything You Need To Know About Indirect Bonding

Here at Coleman Orthodontics, we’re always on the lookout for anything that will help us improve the services we offer our patients. Our goal is to provide world-class care and a rewarding orthodontic journey, which is why we’re proud to offer indirect bonding! This technique was first introduced about 20 years ago, and it’s become an integral part of our practice. Keep reading below to learn more about this exciting option for treatment with braces!

What is indirect bonding?

In order to understand what indirect bonding is, it helps to know how direct bonding works. For many years, braces have been placed on each individual tooth, one at a time, to ensure the brackets are in the correct position. As you might imagine, this can be quite a meticulous process!

It’s essential to place the brackets correctly, but this can be very time-consuming for both the patient and orthodontist. It takes a great deal of skill to position the bracket in the optimal place on the first try, and the slightest miscalculation can lead to more frequent adjustments and prolonged treatment times.

Indirect bonding, sometimes referred to as digital bracket placement, uses cutting-edge software to determine the exact digital position for each bracket. It also enables us to calculate minute changes to their placements, something that’s not possible when we’re working inside the actual mouth. Indirect bonding allows for a quicker installation process and guarantees the proper bracket placement on each tooth. That means less time in the chair and more successful results!

How does the indirect bonding process work?

The indirect bonding process begins with our team creating a mold of your teeth. This only takes a few minutes and will provide us with an exact replica of your mouth that can be studied to determine the ideal position and angle of the required brackets. You may be shown a preview of the placements, including images of the predicted outcome and a 3D animation of the movements your teeth will make while you’re in braces. 

A 1:1 model of your teeth will then be created in the lab, which Dr. Coleman will use to meticulously position each bracket where it will go on your teeth. The brackets are placed on the model, covered with a flexible material that forms a tray, then left to “cure” and adhere to the tray. The customized tray allows us to transfer the brackets from the lab model to your teeth, which means all your brackets can be placed at one time, instead of individually. This can cut the installation of your braces down to less than half an hour! The process is also much more comfortable and results in fewer loss brackets. 

When you come in for your braces to be placed, we’ll need to prep your teeth and any crowns first. This involves cleaning and drying the surface of them before applying adhesive for the braces. Once your braces are in place, you’ll need to wait for the adhesive to cure, and then you’ll be ready to go! All the other work that would traditionally be done while you’re in the chair has been completed on the models. By the time Dr. Coleman sees you to fit your braces, they’ll already be precisely aligned to your teeth, set in the optimal positions, and have the wires placed.

Everything You Need To Know About Indirect Bonding

What are the advantages of indirect bonding?

There are many benefits to indirect bonding. Experienced orthodontists like Dr. Coleman are able to avoid the challenges of direct bonding and achieve more accurate bracket placement using the model of your teeth. The lab models we use can be rotated 360 degrees, so Dr. Coleman can visualize every angle and detail. This allows the precise placement of each bracket, starting your treatment off in the right direction from the first day.

The adhesive we apply allows for a more systematic process. Because the process is faster than direct bonding, there is less chance for saliva to contaminate any of the brackets. That means every bracket is properly secured in less time, leading to fewer loose brackets during treatment. Your teeth will move more efficiently, resulting in a smoother (and faster) orthodontic journey. You’ll also have less time in the chair than you normally would, and the procedure itself will be more comfortable. All of the above advantages will increase your overall satisfaction with the entire treatment process! 

Get a state-of-the-art smile with Coleman Orthodontics

Indirect bonding is an innovative advancement in orthodontics, offering impressive benefits to our patients. You’ll experience improved comfort, less time in the chair, reduced treatment time, and more accurate placement of the brackets. Despite these advantages, a relatively small percentage of orthodontists routinely practice indirect bonding. We’re proud to offer patients of all ages this exciting option! 

At Coleman Orthodontics, our vision is to “embrace the experience!” We don’t just provide orthodontic care to our patients, we give them a rewarding experience that can literally be life-changing. If you’re in Syracuse or the surrounding communities and want to learn more about how our treatments can transform your teeth, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Coleman! We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier, happier smile.