10 Reasons We Don't Use Color Bands on Braces

By Jeffrey Kozlowski | June 22, 2018 | The Koz Blog

I recently had the honor of presenting at a three-day Ormco Forum in St. Petersburg Russia where an amazing lineup of International Speakers were invited to present on various topics to orthodontists from all over Russia!


I was asked to lecture on integrating Digital Orthodontics into the traditional orthodontic office to enhance the patient experience, reduce the number of time patients need to wear braces and create world-class beautiful smiles. With hundreds of orthodontists attending the meeting, it was a great venue for collaboration and education in many areas.  My fellow presenters showed beautiful case results and I learned as much from them as I shared in my presentations.

The lineup of International Speakers included:

  • Dr. Perera – Spain – Damon System Advanced Course
  • Dr. Menzel – Germany – Treating Sleep Apnea Disorders
  • Dr. Anghileri – Argentina – Treating Difficult Cases with the Damon System
  • Dr. Scuzzo – Italy – Lingual Orthodontics


One of the biggest takeaways from all the speakers at the Ormco Forum was that each of these incredible doctors creates beautiful smiles more comfortably and in fewer appointments that the traditional average in their respective countries.

In the United States, the average time a person is in braces is 27 months, and it takes over 20 visits to the orthodontist to finish treatment.

These averages are the same for Russia, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and Italy! However, in our office (as well as offices of the other speakers), the average time a patient is in braces is a mere 16 months, and it requires only 11 appointments on average!  

What does this mean for our patients?

  • Nearly a YEAR LESS wearing braces to achieve a beautiful smile
  • Less time out of work, school, sports, and activities to visit the orthodontist
  • Easier and more comfortable treatment than with traditional braces

Overall it was a fantastic meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia!  It is truly humbling to be invited halfway across the globe to share the type of treatment we provide to our patients here in Southeastern CT with orthodontists on another continent! 

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