Indirect Bonding: The Future of Orthodontic Treatment

Jun 18, 2024

At Daia Orthodontics & TMJ Orthopedics, we are committed to providing the best possible care and results for our patients, we are always on the lookout for advancements in orthodontic techniques and technologies. One such innovation that has significantly improved the efficiency and accuracy of our treatments is indirect bonding. In this blog post, we’ll explain what indirect bonding is, its benefits, and why it’s becoming the preferred method for many orthodontists.

What is Indirect Bonding?

Indirect bonding is a technique used to place braces on a patient’s teeth. Unlike traditional direct bonding, where each bracket is individually placed and adhered to the teeth in the patient’s mouth, indirect bonding involves a more streamlined and precise process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Impressions or Digital Scanning: The first step in indirect bonding is taking an accurate impression or digital scan of the patient’s teeth. At our office, we use the iTero 5D Element Scanner to accurately scan the entirety of our patients mouths and bite. This creates a detailed model of the mouth, which is used to plan the exact placement of each bracket.
  2. Laboratory Fabrication: Using the digital 3D model, the orthodontist determines the ideal position for each bracket. The brackets positions are then finalized on the 3D models. This ensures precise placement according to the patient’s unique dental anatomy and treatment plan.
  3. Transfer Tray Creation: Once the brackets are simulated on the 3D model, a custom transfer tray is created and printed by a 3D printer. The brackets are then loaded onto the tray. This tray holds the brackets in their exact positions and is used to transfer them to the patient’s mouth.
  4. Bracket Placement: During the bonding appointment, the patient’s teeth are cleaned and prepared for the bonding. The bonding agent is placed on the brackets loaded on the tray. The transfer tray, with the brackets securely in place, is fitted onto the patient’s teeth. Then the orthodontist cures the bonding agent. After that the trays are removed, leaving the brackets perfectly positioned on the teeth.

Benefits of Indirect Bonding

Indirect bonding offers several significant advantages over traditional direct bonding methods:

  1. Precision: Because the brackets are placed on a model of the patient’s teeth in a controlled laboratory setting, the placement is highly precise. This accuracy can lead to more effective and efficient treatment outcomes.
  2. Comfort: Indirect bonding typically involves shorter chair time for the patient. The entire process of placing the brackets in the patient’s mouth is faster, reducing discomfort and anxiety associated with long orthodontic appointments.
  3. Improved Bond Strength: Brackets bonded in a laboratory setting under optimal conditions often result in stronger bonds. This can reduce the likelihood of brackets coming loose during treatment, which means fewer emergency visits and interruptions in the treatment process.
  4. Aesthetic Placement: Indirect bonding allows for better visualization and planning of bracket placement, which can improve the aesthetic outcomes of the treatment.

Why We Choose Indirect Bonding

At our office, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care and the most advanced treatment options available. Indirect bonding aligns perfectly with our commitment to precision, efficiency, and patient satisfaction. By utilizing this technique, we can ensure that our patients receive the best possible results in the shortest amount of time, with minimal discomfort.

If you or your child are considering orthodontic treatment, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about indirect bonding and how it can benefit your treatment journey. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have and to provide you with the exceptional care you deserve.


Indirect bonding represents a significant advancement in orthodontic treatment, offering numerous benefits over traditional methods. With its precision, comfort, improved bond strength, and aesthetic advantages, it’s no wonder that more orthodontists are adopting this technique. At Daia Orthodontics & TMJ Orthopedics, we are proud to offer indirect bonding as part of our commitment to providing the best possible care for our patients. Contact us today to find out how indirect bonding can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

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