The editors of Dental Products Report® share a look at the top 5 orthodontic products released in the past year.
Whether you are a seasoned specialist or a general practitioner looking to diversify offerings for your patients, there likely has not been a better time to practice orthodontics. The market for clear aligners and other orthodontic solutions has grown rapidly in recent years. Thanks to technological advancements and a growing demand for custom-fit clear aligners, this specialty’s growth will not be slowing. From new clear aligner materials to software and treatment planning, here are our top 5 new orthodontic products of 2022.
The Brava patented biomechanical back-of-the-teeth system uses artificial intelligence and Independent Mover technology to plan the independent, simultaneous movement of teeth for a patient’s ideal smile. In partnership with a certiﬁed Brava orthodontist, the patient’s customized per-tooth treatment plan is preprogrammed into Brava’s NiTi arms, which are made in the United States from lightweight shape memory alloy, a material invented for the space program. Each tooth has an independent path to its ﬁnal planned position. Brava is a teeth-straightening solution designed for teens and young adults.
New updates to the SureSmile Aligner Software are designed to further enhance the overall user experience and interface. The software features updated treatment planning tools, including an enhanced view of models and a streamlined patient management screen. The tooth movement icon opens the free-floating window with tabs for displacements, elastics, and measurements, and the patient summary screen makes it easy to view important information. Communication with the SureSmile Digital Lab is facilitated through a streamlined prescription process.
ScanBoxpro is a portable device designed to help patients have artificial intelligence–powered scans on hand at any time and to help remotely monitor fixed and removable orthodontic appliances. The ScanBoxpro also features consistent imaging, optimal occlusal and lateral views, portability, accessibility for all patients, storage capacity, and an autoclavable capacity in its cheek retractor tube. It comes with a phone holder designed to fit most modern smartphones.
The OraFit custom clear aligner system is indicated for malocclusion and misalignment correction using materials in a 3-layer design for better esthetics and comfort. The plastic material used to create the OraFit custom aligners is said to be more resistant to cracks and to maintain clarity longer. Included in the system is an online resource for dental professionals to submit clear aligner cases and approve treatment plans. OraFit will benefit patients who may be reluctant to use clear aligners for the sake of esthetics.
The new CBCT integration feature for ClinCheck digital treatment planning software is a user-friendly tool combining roots, bone, and crowns into a single 3D model that lets clinicians visualize a patient’s roots as part of the digital treatment planning process. The CBCT integration helps dentists expand diagnosis and treat a broader range of cases with Invisalign aligners. The CBCT scan data are digitally fused with an intraoral scan, resulting in a maneuverable 3D ClinCheck treatment plan model.