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Orthodontic Technologies

Insignia advanced smile design

The award-winning Insignia Advanced Smile Design is unlike traditional orthodontics and their "one size fits all" approach, Insignia Advanced Smile Design customizes braces and wires specifically to you. Each aspect is precisely calculated to effect tooth movement in the most optimal way, resulting in fewer office visits and exceptional comfort. And because treatment is 100% personalized, patients often see a reduction in the amount of time they would ordinarily wear braces.

  • Insignia is ideal for everyone - from the adult with the hectic schedule to the teen who wants to be out of braces and on with their smile.
  • Insignia can reduce your time in braces by 25% - 37%.
  • Insignia helps develop a precise treatment plan for your unique orthodontic needs.



The SureSmile® Orthodontic System is an advanced method for smile enhancement, which has been shown to reduce treatment times for patients. The system works through the use of state-of-the-art computerized imaging and treatment plan modeling, along with technologically advanced robotic archwire bending. Teeth are moved precisely and directly into their target positions, thereby decreasing the number of wire changes and adjustments for patients and the overall treatment time.

Dr. Hess treat both children and adults in the Riverview, Apollo Beach, Lithia and Parrish areas and we invite patients to call or visit our office to schedule a complimentary consultation appointment. Prospective patients may also visit the SureSmile® website at www.suresmile.com to learn more about this advanced orthodontic treatment method, designed to provide superior smile enhancement quickly and conveniently.



This three-dimensional CT technology can provide a quicker full scan of the head than traditional two-dimensional imaging, allowing orthodontists a better visualization of the hard and soft tissues of the craniofacial structures from several perspectives. In addition to the advantages of traditional CT scans, the i-CAT® Cone Beam releases up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-ray machines, enhancing your safety while providing crisp, clear images for more efficient diagnostic analysis and treatment. We feel our cutting-edge techniques ensure you are receiving the quality care you deserve.

The i-CAT® Cone Beam 3-D Imaging System can produce three-dimensional images in under one minute. This in-office, easy-to-use system dramatically increases the efficiency with which your orthodontist is able diagnose your condition and plan for your treatment.

i-CAT® technology is used for:

  • TMJ assessment
  • Surgical planning
  • Assessment of cleft lip and palates
  • Assessment of the alveolar bone
  • Impacted tooth position
  • Facial analysis
  • Tongue size and posture
  • Airway assessment
  • Placement of dental implants



One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. Made of a bio-compatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchors which are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on headgear for their fixed point. But TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discreet, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.

Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, anchorage devices at all may not be needed in all cases. Contact us if you would like to know more about TADs and how they can potentially prevent you from needing orthodontic headgear.


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