Meet Dr. Tito Norris

Orthodontist and Creator of The Norris System

The Norris 20/26 Bracket™ System paired with the Norris Extra Broad Wire is the biggest leap forward in 3D control and Full Expression.

The 20/26 Vision

A New Dimension in treatment efficiency. Learn why this system is the most advanced progression in PSL and arch form technology to date.

Dr. Tito Norris

Learn about the visionary behind the Norris System and his extensive background in orthodontics, mechanical engineering and innovation. 

The Bracket Features & Benefits

We left no stone unturned with the design of the Norris 20/26 Bracket™.  Explore the unique features that make this bracket so remarkable.

Extra Broad Archwire

The Extra Broad Wires are a break from convention and takes what we know about expanded arches and aesthetic expression to a whole new level.

Tips & Tricks

A variety of tips to help your success using the Norris System, including a guide to minimize repositions and wire bends later in treatment.

Patient Cases

Take a detailed tour of Norris System patients.  The cases illustrate extraordinary control throughout treatment, while producing more expressive esthetic smiles.

Testimonials

Hear from providers that find this system to be an upgrade to their businesses, while providing their patients a more beautiful smile in less time.   

Course Information

DynaFlex® and Dr. Norris are committed to “lifetime learning.”  Get the latest information on upcoming webinars, in-house courses, and orthodontic conferences. 

*Actual Patient Photos Using The Norris System

Overview

The Norris 20/26 System is a new dimension in treatment efficiency, as it is the most advanced progression in passive self-ligation and arch form technology to date.

Conceived by Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris, it is the culmination of his years of experience in treating with leading passive self-ligating systems, along with his background in mechanical engineering. Together, he was able to identify both the physical attributes and clinical shortcomings of competitive appliances and determine which design elements would most benefit today’s practicing orthodontist. The result is a true twin, passive self-ligating appliance system having a reduced slot dimension of .020 x .026, combined with a series of extra broad arch form wires.

Norris 20/26 Bracket™ System

Control over torque and tip has eluded clinicians for years and has been compensated for in various ways from specifying additional degrees in programming, to repositioning, to wire sequencing. However, between ranges in manufacturing tolerances and quality control, an inherent amount of “slop” within the bracket slot is virtually unavoidable. This is particularly true in passive bracket systems as the reduced friction, free-sliding benefit is unable to utilize a ligation method that at least seats a wire firmly in place.

Whether it has been an effort to preserve existing economies of scale, or a reluctance to break from tradition on the part of the manufacturing community, a movement towards the ultimate solution of reducing the slot dimension has yet to occur — until now.

DynaFlex, consistent with our new vision for meaningful solutions in today’s marketplace, is proud to support Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris in the development and supply of this exciting transformative system. Not only did we look to collaborate on the premise of a reduced slot dimension, but we also sought to incorporate best-in class features that would be further appreciated by many, such as four true tie-wings with undercuts that can accommodate popular colored ligature ties; biocompatible, cobalt- chromium composition for nickel-free use by allergy-sensitive patients; a flawless clip mechanism for consistent reliability; injection molded manufacture for strength integrity, smooth comfortable surfaces, and increased hygiene; and a mechanical base for trouble- free bonding. Also available in the form of molar tubes, the Norris 20/26 is a complete molar-to- molar system.

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Norris Extra Broad Archwire

As with the Norris 20/26 Brackets™, the Norris Extra Broad wires are a break from convention and take what we know about expanded arches and esthetic expression to a whole new level. Once again, Dr. Robert “Tito” Norris learned from observation, learned from trial and error, and synthesized what he experienced from the use of existing broad arch forms into the extra broad arch form we have now developed. A non-coordinated arch makes it possible to treat both the maxilla and mandible with the same form. Thirty percent broader than the broadest arch on the market, this extra broad arch achieves a number of key efficiencies and effects: it affords maximum space as it expresses each tooth to its full outer- most potential; it gains maximum leveling and alignment as the teeth are afforded a greater range of motion; it influences the musculature of the surrounding soft tissue earlier in preparation for subsequent desired reprogramming; and it introduces a collaborative dynamic sooner between the bracket and the wire.

Throughout the later working and finishing stages of treatment, a “Rounded” rectangular (19×25) arch wire is introduced (yet another DynaFlex exclusive) that makes insertion, clip closure, and seating smoother than ever. Norris Extra Broad Wires are the perfect complement in how they fully express the torque and tip of the bracket over existing passive systems, yet without the binding of other higher frictional systems. Most importantly, however, is how they both fit to produce broader, more expressive smiles than anything else available today.

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*Actual Patient Photos Using The Norris System

Meet Dr. Robert (Tito) Norris

Short Bio:

Dr. Robert Norris is devoted to creating smiles for a lifetime. His unique background in mechanical engineering provides him with a distinct advantage in mastering the forces, vectors, and movements inherent in performing orthodontic treatment. Dr. Norris is a 1992 graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he completed a General Practice Residency at the V.A. Hospital followed by orthodontic specialty training at Howard University. After serving as an Air Force orthodontist in Misawa, Japan, Dr. Norris returned to San Antonio, TX in 1998 and opened a thriving private orthodontic practice. He holds several patents and trademarks, is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, and is a member of 10 dental organizations and study clubs. He lectures nationally and internationally on topics including esthetics, efficiency, sustainability, customer service, accelerated treatment, and aligner treatment. He has created and manages several other companies pertaining to real estate investments, marketing, retail sales, and a non-profit providing complimentary orthodontic care to children in need.
 

Going Green:

In 2007, Dr. Norris began work to fulfill his dream to make his office completely “green.” The office is part of a volunteer renewable energy program with CPS known as Windtricity. In April 2008, he completed a solar energy project at his orthodontic practice with the installation of 80 solar panels, providing 16 kW of electricity. In 2010 an office expansion was completed, making it the first LEED-Certified orthodontic office in the world. In 2019, construction was completed on a second LEED-certified office. LEED is Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design and is the US Government’s stamp of approval on environmentally responsible office construction.

On A Personal Note:

Dr. Norris is a resident of San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife and three children. As a Texas native, he grew up in Kingsville, Texas. He enjoys snow skiing, cycling, swimming, strength training, boating, hiking, and kayaking. Dr. Norris has lectured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His scientific papers have been published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Seminars in Orthodontics, as well as Clinical Impressions. To date, Dr. Norris and Simone are enjoying their proudest accomplishments, their three children.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Dental Association
  • American Association of Orthodontists
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics
  • Texas Dental Association

Publications

  • Norris R, Caesar R: Esthetic Substitution and Autotransplantation of Teeth in the Maxillary Anterior Region. Seminars in Orthodontics, Vol 19, No 1 (March), 2013:pp3-12.
  • Robbins, W, Norris, R, Chapter 19, The Difficult Deep Bite Dilemma, Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning, Vol II. Quintessence, 2012.
  • Norris R: Invisalign Treatment Modified to Accommodate Patient’s Input. Cases & Commentaries in Orthodontic Technology 2002.
  • Norris R, Brandt D, Crawford C, Fallah M: Restorative and Invisalign: A New Approach. J Esth Rest Dent. Vol. 14 No. 4, 217-24, 2002.
  • Norris R: Bio-Efficient Orthodontic Treatment Using Copper Ni-Ti Wires. Clinical Impressions Japan Edition. Vol. 98 No. 6, 1998.
  • Nakano H, Kazuro S, Norris R, et al.: Mechanical Properties of Several Nickel-Titanium Alloy Wires in Three-point Bending Tests. Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthoped. Vol. 115 No 4, April 1999.
  • Norris RA, Eichmiller F, and Vu BT: Load-deflection Characteristics of Heat-treated Bi-phasic Arch Wires. Submitted to Am J Orthod Dentofac Orthoped.
  • Norris RA, McCourt JW, and Norling BK: Bond Strengths of Thermocycled Mesh-backed vs. Silica-Coated Brackets. J Dent Res: Abstracts of Papers. Vol. 70 Special Issue, 1991.
  • Norris RA, Norling BK, McCourt JW: Bond Strengths of Mesh-backed vs. Silica-Coated Orthodontic Brackets. J Dent Res: Abstracts of Papers. Vol. 69 Special Issue, 1990.
  • Norris RA: Are You Dental? Dental School Quarterly. Vol V, Issue 1, 1989.

The Norris 20/26 Bracket System is the next progression in Self-Ligating Brackets. Click the sign to read about the features and benefits or view the quick video below. You’ll be amazed at what you see!

Unparalleled Bond Strength:

Engineered to conform to each tooth and create unmatched bond strength.

.020 X .026 Slot:

 Reduced slot dimension delivers unparalleled control. Clinically shown to be 26% more efficient than the leading PSL bracket.

Integrated Hooks:

 Strong integrated hooks which accommodate all directions of elastic wear.

Deep Tie Wing Undercuts:

Optimal tie wing depth for Elastic Chain, O-rings, or Steel Ligatures.

Reciprocal Door Opening Mechanism

Opening and closing forces are leveraged off the bracket, so the tooth does not feel excessive pressure when the door is opened with a rotating instrument or closed with a plier.

Nickel-Free Cobalt-Chromium Alloy:

Cobalt-Chromium not only boasts Superior Frictional Characteristics but is also completely Nickel-Free.

Flawless Door Mechanism:

Unfailing door with reciprocal mechanism and audible opening and closing “click”, proven to last throughout treatment. View Demo Video.

Rounded Leading Edge Of Door:

Leading edge of door which aids in arch wire seating.

Mesial Distal Span Of Door:

Width of Reciprocal Door provides additional Rotational Control.

Universal Bicuspid Hooks:

Reduced inventory with multiple interchangeable brackets. (e.g. ONE (1) bracket serves all upper premolars.)

Center Scribe Line:

Center Scribe line aligns the long axis for accurate placement.

Straight Occlusal Edge:

The occlusal edge of the new base is straight, so that it can more easily be used as a paralleling guide to marginal ridges of a premolar.

Opening & Closing "Glide" Assist:

Proprietary mechanism inside door of the bracket “glides” the bracket open and closed once the bracket passes 50% in the intended direction.

U.S. Patent Pending

“The unique spring clip inside the door of the bracket allows the door to actually spring open and spring closed once the door passes 50% of its travel in either direction. This spring clip assisted opening and closing is the first and only one of its kind, and is a HUGE step forward in PSL technology.”

Dr. Robert "Tito" Norris

Creator & Orthodontist, Stone Oak Orthodontics

The Norris Extra Broad Archwires are 30% broader than the broadest arch on the market. This extra broad arch achieves a number of key efficiencies and effects:

Norris Extra Broad Archwires

  • Affords maximum space as it expresses each tooth to its full outer- most potential.
  • Reduces the dark posterior buccal corridors.
  • Maximum leveling and alignment as the teeth are afforded a greater range of motion.
  • The broad shaped archwire is effective at correcting tricky posterior cross bite.
  • Pre-stopped.
  • 19×25 “Rounded Rectangular” NiTi and Beta makes insertion, clip closure, and seating smoother than ever. Only the the sharp corners are rounded so torque control is not compromised.
PhaseInitial AlignmentWorking AlignmentWorking Finishing IWorking Finishing II
Wire.014 NiTi.018 x .018 NiTi.019 x .025 Rounded NiTi.019 x .025 Rounded Beta
Duration10 Weeks10 Weeks10 Weeks8 Weeks Or Until Case Is Finished
WireElasticsInterval
.014" NiTi Extra Broad-8 - 10 Weeks
.018 x .018" NiTi Extra Broad2.5 oz.8 - 10 Weeks
.019 x .025" NiTi Extra Broad4 oz.8 - 10 Weeks
.019 x .025" NiTi Extra Broad4 oz.8 - 10 Weeks
.019 x .025" Beta-Ti Extra Broad6 oz.4 - 6 Weeks
.019 x .025" Beta-Ti Extra Broad-4 - 6 Weeks
.019 x .025" Beta-Ti Extra Broad-4 - 6 Weeks
.019 x .025" Beta-Ti Extra Broad-4 - 6 Weeks
.019 x .025" Beta-Ti Extra Broad-4 - 6 Weeks
--4 Weeks
--4 Weeks

Rounded Rectangular

Makes insertion, clip closure, and seating smoother than ever. Only the radius is rounded so torque control is not compromised.

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10mm33.544.55.555.55.555.54.543.54
9mm3.533.544.54.5554.54.543.533.5
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8mm4.53.544.55444454.543.54.5

“Assisted” Closing & Opening  

Using our Norris Tool, opening the bracket door has never been easier.  Insert the tool vertically into the door slot and rotate 90 degrees.  The unique mechanism inside the door of the bracket allows the door to actually “glide open” and “glide closed” once the door travels 50% in either direction.  This “Assisted” opening and closing is the first and only one of its kind, and is another leap forward in PSL technology.

Bending NiTi Archwire Without Temperature Change

Tips For Debonding for Repositioning vs. Final Debonding

The bond strength of the Norris 20/26 Bracket™ is notably higher. The bracket will come off a little easier by using a bracket remover and grabbing Occlusal-Gingivally. However, this can distort the wings and archwire. Therefore, a different approach is needed when debonding to reposition the same bracket. In this case, you would grab the bracket diagonally, at a 45 degree angle. This will preserve the wings and archwire slot. In either case, it’s important to have the patient squeeze hard on a Cotton roll to stabilize the tooth.

Debonding For Repositioning

Position Plier Diagonally

Final Debond

Position Plier Occlusal-Gingival

Use the arrows or dots within each section to take a detailed look through the treatment of recent cases of Dr. Norris. You’ll see the extraordinary 3D control throughout treatment, while producing more expressive esthetic smiles.

Patient 1

Class I – Non-Extraction
Total Appointments: 16
Total Treatment Time: 13 months

First Visit

Initial Bonding

Norris Extra Broad
.014 NiTi

4 Months

Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

8 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

13 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

Finished Case

 Total Treatment Time:
13 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
13 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
13 Months

Patient 2

Class II Division 2
Total Appointments: 13
Total Treatment Time: 21 months

First Visit

Initial Bonding

Norris Extra Broad
.014 NiTi

2 Months

Norris Extra Broad
18×18 NiTi

4 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

15 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

Finished Case

 Total Treatment Time:
18 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
18 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
18 Months

Patient 3

Adult Class II
Total Appointments: 16
Total Treatment Time: 19 months

First Visit

Initial Bonding

Norris Extra Broad
.014 NiTi

2 Months

Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

4 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

9 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

14 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

19 months

 Norris Extra Broad
19×25 NiTi

Finished Case

 Total Treatment Time:
19 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
19 Months

Comparison

 Total Treatment Time:
19 Months

Join your fellow doctors, including Dr. Tito Norris, for an open discussion, tips,  tricks and useful information in the private Norris System Facebook Group.

Dr. Matthew David McNutt,
DDS, MS-Orthodontist
Cary & Clayton North Carolina

The Norris System offers unparalleled torque control, and exquisite rotational control.

“As an orthodontist, I routinely practice with both traditional twin brackets and self-ligating brackets.  I recognize the value of having both types of systems in my practice and I am a firm believer that the bracket does not make the orthodontist.  However, brackets are one of our most important tools and we should choose wisely.  I have extensive experience with many other popular self ligating systems, the shortcomings of which became well known to me.  The Norris System, in my experience, was the first system to truly overcome these challenges.  The Norris System offers unparalleled torque control, and exquisite rotational control.  The novel slot size facilitates arch wire engagement that is truly expressive of the practitioner’s goals.  Selective torque inventory is a thing of the past, and the Norris System absolutely rewards precise bracket placement.  It offers the the lowest bond failure rate I have ever encountered in any bracket; you will be impressed with the bond strength the first time you remove one.  I am an arch wire junkie and do not have a generic arch wire sequence for my patients.  I routinely finish in .019 x .025 (SS, TMA & braided) arch wires.  The Norris System will not marry you to proprietary arch wires and your freedom as a practitioner is preserved.  If you are looking for a self-ligating bracket that delivers on both results and cost, the Norris System should be at the top of your list.”

Dr. Hilton Goldreich,
Plano, Texas

Wow what a difference! With a slot dimension of .020 x .026, the control in all dimensions is truly amazing…

“I have been practicing orthodontics for 26 years and started using passive self-ligation when they first came out in the late 1990’s. Finishing was always a struggle until I started using the Norris 20/26 Bracket™. Wow what a difference! With a slot dimension of .020 x .026, the control in all dimensions is truly amazing and I don’t have to make all those annoying adjustments in the wire all the time. My wire adjustments, repositions, number of appointments and length of treatment, have all been reduced dramatically. Patients come back after the .019 x .025 NiTi wire with very little left to do. The door is solid and functions really well, I love the built in hooks and the amount of tie wing space, the bracket is smooth and the bond strength is great. I have been extremely satisfied with the way I am able to treat cases with this bracket and highly recommend it.”

Dr. Steve Guelff, DDS
Sebring, FL

This allows me to refine and complete finishing touches with less time and fewer visits.

“EFFICIENCY. The Norris System’s combination of free-sliding performance and finely tuned precision make it a truly efficient system. This allows me to refine and complete finishing touches with less time and fewer visits. Truly remarkable!”

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