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  • Ryan Williams

What A Difference A Good Tray Makes

“The tools make the man” – my neighbor, J. Bitner, quoting from his childhood.

      This sage counsel was true when I borrowed an electric hammer drill because my little battery drill just couldn’t do the job right. It is also true in orthodontics.

      Whether or not Digital Indirect Bonding is an effective tool for creating a digital workflow for streamlining fixed appliance bonding appointments boils down to the clinical outcome. Successful bonding appointments, along with the quality and speed of treatment results, are directly related to the tools that you the orthodontist utilize.

      Traditionally, digital indirect bonding trays or jigs have been prone to failure. They have been difficult and slow to manufacture, very technique sensitive to create and use, and often cumbersome to place on and remove from the patient’s teeth. Some trays break, tear, or appear to “melt” onto the teeth. Some even “rock” or move on the patient’s teeth, which completely defeats the purpose of digital indirect bonding!

      Today, advancements in tray designs using high-quality 3D printers & resins, combined with stringent manufacturing processes, are producing IDB trays with the following superior qualities:

  1. No need to change your brackets – the system and tray should accommodate a doctor’s tried and true prescription preference.

  2. Non-Stick properties for easier removal that improves both patient and staff experience, allowing trays to be reused, and reduce staff training requirements

  3. Heat Sensitivity of the tray material allows the trays to become more flexible for removal due to the heat generated from the curing lamp.

  4. 3D printed (vs. thermoformed) for bracket placement accuracy that matches what you see on the digital screen with what is actually delivered clinically.

  5. An excellent snug fit with no rocking & no need to support with additional fingers in the mouth during bonding.

  6. Reusable trays allow for rebonding with the same trays (or a section of it) if needed later.

  7. Clear/Translucent to allow the maximum amount of light through for curing.

  8. Fast turnaround times: delivered in as little as 5 business days.


The DIBS AI platform is the right tool for orthodontists. It delivers on these quality standards with the help of AI-driven software at an affordable price.

You can learn more, including video or personal demos at

  • Insights provided by: Ryan Williams, VP of Sales, OrthoSelect (August 25, 2023)


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