OC Orthodontics has manufacturing roots as far back as 1963 when founder, Klaus Hagelganz began molding very complex parts that were impossible to produce with conventional methods of press and sinter manufacturing.

After working for years with other companies, helping perfect the metal formula that would later become the standard for Metal Injection Molding (MIM), Klaus founded World Class Technology in 1991. World Class Technology began manufacturing parts for many different industries including medical and aerospace but quickly realized their MIM process could create some of the highest quality parts the orthodontic industry had ever seen.


Brackets – OC Orthodontics

OC manufactures up to 30k brackets per day at their manufacturing plant in McMinnville, Oregon.


Specializing in the proprietary process of metal injection molded components, World Class Technology began manufacturing brackets, buccal tubes, lingual buttons, and self-ligating bracket systems for some of the world’s largest orthodontic companies. This promptly made World Class Technology the leader in orthodontic production and new technologies.

In 2004 World Class Technology expanded operations and began selling directly to distributors and doctors under the OC Orthodontics name. The increased production led to a company-wide expansion with OC Orthodontics moving into a new 60,000 square foot high-tech facility located in the heart of Oregon’s beautiful wine country.

Over the years OC Orthodontics has matured quickly; growing exponentially each year since its inception. Today OC has a sales staff and distribution network in over 85 countries.

Wire – OC Orthodontics

OC Orthodontics offers a variety of wire in multiple shapes and materials.

Dedication to Innovation

From their early beginnings to today, OC Orthodontics has been focused on arming the dental community with the tools and education needed to build and maintain thriving practices that exceed clinical and practice management goals. They have been at the forefront of significant industry “firsts”— which include using metal injection molding in orthodontics, creating a square slot “3D control” bracket system, and offering proven products that result in faster finishing, along with many other orthodontic solutions.

Their dedicated focus on vertical integration and commitment to excellence has given them the ability to have complete control of their product offerings. This consistency in service and simplicity in process allows them the ability to take all of their customers’ needs into consideration and never compromise quality, while still providing the best overall value.


Expansive Product Portfolio

Proving their dedication to continually help improve practice efficiency and patient results, OC Orthodontics has spent a substantial amount of time refining manufacturing procedures to ensure only top-of-the-line, high-quality products reach the clinician’s office. In addition, they have invested significant resources into engineering and new product development on key products clinicians have been asking the industry to develop. Furthermore, they have collaborated with well-respected, globally known doctors to provide input and guidance to their product development team.

One such globally known clinician, is Dr. Tom Pitts. OC Orthodontics has worked with Dr. Pitts to develop the Pitts21 passive self-ligating system, which has revolutionized self-ligating orthodontics with its proprietary square slot, 3D control, and faster finishing. Combined with OC’s broad, high-tech archwires and minimally invasive treatment protocols, the light-force system provides exceptional benefits for both doctor and patient.

Recognized for exceptional quality, versatility, and value, the industry is also rediscovering the dependability of OC Orthodontics mini-twin brackets. OC Orthodontics offers a comprehensive selection of brackets. These traditional appliances have served as the solid foundation of OC Orthodontics since the company’s inception.

Priding themselves on offering a myriad of products to support the various treatment philosophies and mechanics of clinicians around the world, OC Orthodontics is dedicated to helping them give patients the smiles they deserve.


Pitts21 – OC Orthodontics

Pitts21 is the only self-ligating bracket to offer a square wire slot and true 3D control.

BioMIM buccal tubes - OC Orthodontics 4

OC’s BioMIM buccal tubes are both weldable and bondable and available in multiple prescriptions and slot sizes.


Looking Ahead

OC Orthodontics plans to continue to collaborate with progressive doctors, engineers, materials scientists, and universities to develop products and services that exceed clinicians’ expectations across a wide spectrum of practice needs — from traditional to cutting-edge. And with patient demand on the rise, clinicians can rely on OC, and their proven track record, to support clinical and practice management objectives.

Looking ahead, OC Orthodontics’ future remains bright with plans to introduce next-generation innovations for its appliance systems and technology.


Published in TIPS – March/April, 2020. Submitted by OC Orthodontics.

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