Over the years, orthodontic treatment has changed from cumbersome metal brackets and wires to a wide range of solutions for correcting bites and improving smiles. With many types of braces available and a wide range of modern imaging techniques, having your teeth straightened has never been easier, and it’s all due to advances in technology. Here are some ways technological advances have improved orthodontic treatment and how that can benefit you.
New Imaging Techniques
One of the most significant changes in orthodontic treatment is in the imaging process. When you visit our office for the first time, you will have a consultation that includes taking images of your teeth and mouth structure. In the past, a series of x-rays had to be taken to help the orthodontist get a clear view of your mouth so that she could determine your specific orthodontic needs. However, today’s imaging is much quicker and less invasive. Advanced orthodontic imaging includes intraoral scanning technology that allows the orthodontic assistant to capture precise images of your teeth in approximately 5 minutes. The best part is that there’s no need to have messy impressions taken.
More Options for Braces
Traditional braces that require longer appointments for adjustments and have bulky metal brackets and wires are a thing of the past. From the invention of clear plastic removable aligners like Invisalign® to the creation of self-ligating brackets that provide a more comfortable experience for the patient, options for straightening your teeth are plentiful. Although each orthodontic treatment option comes with its own benefits and challenges, technology has allowed for a wide range of solutions. Some types of braces include:
Metal braces – Metal brackets are linked by a thin archwire, which causes the teeth to move slowly into the correct spot over time.
Ceramic braces – Made from a clear, transparent ceramic material, these braces work much like metal braces. Since they are less visible, ceramic braces are a popular choice for many adults.
Lingual braces – Virtually invisible, lingual braces are constructed similarly to traditional braces but are attached to the backside of the teeth.
Invisalign® – These clear plastic aligners are custom-made just for you. Since they are removable, some activities like eating and brushing your teeth are much easier than traditional braces.
In-Office Technology is Better Than Ever
With advanced orthodontic technology, straightening your teeth is more comfortable and more precise and accurate. 3D computer models of your teeth enable the orthodontist to plan individual tooth movements to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. Common orthodontic issues that can be easily corrected with this technology include:
- Spacing issues
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked Teeth
How These Technological Advances Benefit You
With all these improvements to orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering how these changes could benefit you. The truth is, orthodontic patients, just like you, are the primary beneficiaries of these technological advances. Benefits of modern orthodontic treatment methods include:
- Faster appointments
- A more comfortable experience
- More aesthetically pleasing options for braces
- Easier care and maintenance of your teeth during treatment
- Better, faster results due to increased precision and accuracy
Whether your child has misaligned teeth or you’ve always wanted to correct your bite, advances in technology simplify the entire process from start to finish. The results of orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime, which means you’ll want to choose an orthodontist that uses the latest technology.
Glass Orthodontics utilizes advanced technology to provide you with comprehensive and high-quality orthodontic treatment. Schedule an appointment today.