Robots shaped the wires used on the braces for my 11-year-old son, Jake, and 3D imaging captured the necessary data for the digital model. According to the Web site for this technology, the job can’t be done by hand. I’ve known for some time that robots touch our everyday lives, but this is the most personal example I’ve ever had.
Jake has been walking around with a pretty mellow attitude since getting his braces. He isn’t moping, but he isn’t the same. He got the upper wires on Friday, April 27, and gets the lower ones this coming Friday. The good thing is that he won’t wear these braces as long as he would traditional ones, and the technique eliminates uncomfortable adjustments. He should be done several months faster than the “old fashioned” way, with no tightening of the wires and no rubber bands. He may not realize it, but he’s very lucky, don’t you think?
According to the Web site for SureSmile (http://www.suresmile.com), they use “memory wires” that the robot bends using very high heat. When the braces are placed on the teeth, body temperature activates the metal which then wants to return to the shape (i.e. prescription) designed by the robot.
I can’t tell whose robot or imaging technology is part of the process, but they say the process couldn’t be done by hand due to the extreme temperatures and digital modeling required. Let me know if you have information that sheds more light on the robots and imaging used for SureSmile braces.
–– posted April 29, 2007, by Brian Huse, RIA (firstname.lastname@example.org).