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The Top 5 Mistakes People Make In DIBS AI

Doctors universally agree that indirect bonding (IDB) improves overall patient experience and treatment outcomes, yet 85% of Orthodontists avoid it. Why? 

  • These old protocols were inefficient and required more work. DIBS AI has reinvented digital indirect bonding to be far more efficient than manual direct bonding.

Here are the top 5 protocols that changed – which both doctors and staff commonly miss – ranked in order of priority from top to bottom:


Top 5 Mistakes

Common Symptom


Placing, bonding, and removing all tray sections at once.

“Trays are hard to remove”

Follow the mantra: “Get it while it’s hot!” and bond, fully cure, and remove each individual section at a time.


The trays are rigid initially on purpose. We don’t want bracket positioning to be affected by a soft tray.  Luckily, the trays are heat sensitive!  They warm and become easier to remove immediately after light curing and before moving to the next section.  If your office tends to be cold, you may want to warm them up even a little more!

Ignoring the Predictive Outcome during Case Approval.

“The bracket heights don’t look right”

DIBS AI uses more information to measure than doctors can see. Digitally assisted bracket placement gives the doctor a lot more control and accuracy.  


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Trying to Shortcut Light Curing.

“There are too many debonds”

These are the 3 curing protocols most often skipped that cause debonds:

  1. Put positive pressure on the facial side of the bracket box to eliminate gaps or bubbles BEFORE curing.

  2. Do a full light cure of the bracket while in the tray.

  3. Shine the curing light on the turbo setting from the facial, gingival, and incisal angles.

Applying too much adhesive on the bracket bases.

“There is too much flash”

Here are the protocols for reducing flash:

  1. If extra adhesive is gingival – wick it off before light curing! Please note: This is a big red sign that you are using way too much adhesive!

  2. Often the right amount is about a 1mm that is then “buttered” into the bracket pad.

  3. Reduce the amount of adhesive that you put on the bracket pad gradually…until you dial in the right amount for your bracket pad design and adhesive.

Spending too much time in Case Approval

“I’m spending too much time in Case Approval”

There are times to change bracket placement, but if you are modifying every bracket on every tooth…you are working too hard!

Doctors typically spend too much digital time because they haven’t learned the software well enough. Some common examples:

  1. Doctor’s waste time moving too many brackets because they don’t fully appreciate how the software does it.

  2. They don’t use Presets to adjust for smile arc, open bites, overbites, etc – Presets allow you to change bracket placements on an entire arch in 2 clicks!

  3. Don’t know the Hot Keys that empower doctors to quickly visualize and make needed changes.


Let’s avoid these mistakes and allow you to become a power user of DIBS AI. 

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