Smiling is contagious, and having a beautiful, healthy smile can boost your confidence and well-being. Thanks to advancements in orthodontics, achieving that smile has never been easier.
The field of orthodontics is constantly evolving to provide patients with more efficient, effective, and comfortable treatment options. Therefore, explore some of the latest developments in orthodontics and how to benefit them
3-D Printed Braces
The latest advancements in orthodontics are changing the way they practice and perform procedures. Orthodontists are increasingly using 3-D printing to create custom-made braces for their patients.
The technology allows them to print customized appliances in just a few hours. This means patients can have their braces on much faster than before. Also, expect better results from the treatment as the appliances fit perfectly around the teeth and gums.
Minimally Invasive Orthodontics
Minimally invasive orthodontic treatments are popular due to Invisalign® clear aligners. These clear plastic trays replace traditional metal brackets and wires and work by gradually moving teeth into place over a period of months or years.
This allows dentists to take pictures of your teeth with a camera attached to an iPhone or iPad. Then it transmits these images to software that helps create a customized treatment plan for you.
It helps the dentist detect any irregularities in tooth alignment more easily and can also speed up treatment time by eliminating some steps from your treatment plan.
Clear braces are an exciting new development in orthodontics, promising to give you a pretty smile. They’re placed on the backside of your teeth and are barely visible from the front.
Aligners offer a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. They’re made from transparent plastic; thus, they don’t alter the appearance of your teeth. And unlike braces that take years to get straight teeth, clear aligners can straighten your teeth in less than a year!
Self-Ligating Bracket Systems
Self-Ligating Brackets reduce friction in your mouth and prevent tooth movement from occurring during treatment. They have tiny holes in them, allowing the archwire to pass through without any extra effort. No more getting your fingers caught in braces!
It’s an orthodontic treatment option allowing patients to complete their orthodontic treatment in half the time. It works by making small adjustments each week instead of larger ones every few months, like traditional orthodontic treatments do.
Every orthodontic advance carries with it the promise of providing patients with a life-changing opportunity. As more orthodontists share their expertise, innovations and treatments become possible. Called a “magic wand” by some, treatment options are rapidly expanding to give patients viable options for straightening teeth in often-unheard-of ways.
Feel free to contact us if you have any concerns with Invisalign aligners or any other orthodontic services. We welcome patients in and around the areas of Berkeley, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Oakland, Richmond, and more.