Indirect Bonding has become an accurate and dependable system that doctors rely on with the highest degree of confidence.
Specialty's IB Services feature a complete conversion of our manual systems into a fully-digital process involving digital bracket placement and the latest in digital model printing.
We provide clinicians the utmost accuracy in bracket placement combined with the ability to review and make changes in bracket positioning. 3DIB is available using any major manufacturer's brackets.
Digital IB Process
The 3D IB process starts with Specialty creating an ideal digital model of the teeth. The software locates the long axis of the teeth and constructs an ideal occlusal plane. We then place the brackets based on the customer Rx instructions, i.e., specific vertical heights.
Once the brackets are placed in the lab, the files are sent to the doctor for review and adjustments as needed. This technique allows the doctor to evaluate the precise placement of each bracket without the added pressures associated with maintaining clinical isolation.
After the clinician has checked and approved the bracket placement, the case is digitally returned to Specialty for fabrication. The brackets are transferred to the printed models, which reflect the placement guides, and the bonding trays are fabricated.
Specialty uses a light-cure adhesive to place the brackets on the printed models. This technique produces our "Custom Base" in the final product, as shown. The advantage over the bare-mesh method is that only a small amount of adhesive is needed for clinical bonding, reducing the chance for excess flash around the bracket bases.
The teeth are prepared per the usual etch-and-rinse steps. The bonding adhesive (either light or auto-cure) is then applied to the composite pads in the trays with a syringe tip while the companion sealant is brushed on the etched teeth. The doctor and staff member accomplish these simultaneous tasks in as little as 2-3 minutes.
The tray is seated from the posterior to the anterior in one motion, keeping the inner and outer trays together as one unit. The trays have a snap fit, which helps establish the seating. Since the material is transparent, it is easy to visually confirm that the tray is completely seated.