Lightforce Orthodontics

At Orthodontic Specialists of St. Louis, we embrace new technology! We also recognized that no two smiles are identical and there is an incredible value to creating a customized treatment plan to help you achieve your unique orthodontic needs.

  • Better Hygiene -Smaller brackets make it easier to brush and floss throughout treatment.
  • Fewer Broken Brackets – LightForce brackets are less likely to come off due to their real, not composite, customized bases.
  • Faster Treatment Time – LightForce’s software means your appliances are tailored to the specific anatomy of each tooth in your mouth. Unlike other orthodontic treatment applications, LightForce doesn’t require attachments or significant over-correction, as teeth are more likely to track. This means…
  • Fewer Appointments – Less time is needed in the office, as most of Dr. Shapiro’s “homework” using LightForce happens before your braces are placed. Even though this new technology is fantastic, remember to follow our protocol of best practices while you undergo treatment!

We are proud and excited to incorporate “Lightforce Orthodontics” into our treatment suite. From tooth scan to production, Lightforce is the first truly digital system for braces!

What Is Lightforce Orthodontics?

This revolutionary program uses 3D printing technology for Dr. Robert Shapiro and his team to create custom-fitted braces for patients in order to achieve the goals of their treatment plan.

Lightforce’s brackets and indirect bonding jigs are 3D printed, to ensure the precision of digital case setup and patient-specific bracket design is fully realized in the actual applications that will be placed on the patients’ teeth.

Lightforce Brackets

Unlike traditional braces, which are manufactured with a fixed-base shape, LightForce Orthodontics uses state-of-the-art 3D printing technology to create brackets that are as unique as each individual patient.

Standard brackets have to compensate for mismatches between the bracket base and the shape of a patient’s tooth. Lightforce-created brackets can be bonded with a uniformly consistent cement layer.

LightForce Brackets are designed with patient comfort in mind. Lightforce materials and custom bases provide the necessary strength to minimize contact with the soft tissues of a patients’ gums and mouth.

Lightforce Software

LightForce’s simple and intuitive online interface is designed for fast and efficient treatment planning. The fully digital design provides Dr. Shapiro with the ability to make precise adjustments directly on the 3D model and visualize the impact on the finish in real-time.

Additionally, LightForce’s platform allows for the fast delivery of the patient’s custom appliances, with a turnaround time of less than two weeks!

Customized, Convenient, and Quick!

Lightforce Orthodontics is changing the face of orthodontics. See how it can change the smile on your face! Contact Orthodontic Specialists of St. Louis today!