Technology


Indirect Bonding
"Indirect bonding" is the process by which the braces are installed on the teeth.  Dr. Barnett likes using this method for those patients receiving full sets of braces.  

When you come in for your Records appointment, we use one of the sets of impressions we take to make a set of models of your teeth.  Using the pictures of your teeth and smile, and the x-rays that show the positions of the roots of the teeth, Dr. Barnett actually temporarily cements the braces on the models. A transfer tray is then made using a clear, non-toxic material which essentially picks up the brackets and is a perfect fit for your teeth!. When you come in for your indirect bonding appointment, all the braces in each jaw go on all at once!  The clear tray material is removed, and the brackets are left bonded to your teeth in the exact position Dr. Barnett wanted.

3D Imaging
Dental x-rays can be done in either two or three dimensions.  Dental 3D x-rays are often referred to as a CBCT (Cone Beam Computed Tomography), or simply a Cone Beam x-ray.  It is different than a traditional CT scan in the way the x-rays are transmitted.  A CBCT image can be "sliced" in any plane, and can also give us a reconstructed 3D image of your head that we can view from all angles.  This can be of tremendous value in cases where it is important to know the exact location of certain teeth or other structures in the jaws.

The x-ray unit Dr. Barnett uses is called the Sirona Galileos, and it resides at the Calgary office .  If you are a patient at the Cochrane office and Dr. Barnett thinks a 3D image will be of particular benefit for you diagnosis and treatment, he'll ensure you get a 3D scan.