Technology is always advancing, and orthodontics are no exception! And with all the advances, there’s never been a more exciting time to think about getting orthodontic treatment. Advances in technology can mean shorter treatment times, less discomfort and knowing what to expect each step of the way until the final result. Keep reading to learn more about 3 technology advances in orthodontics that may provide the treatment options you need!
1. Invisalign Aligners
Invisalign was, and still is, a groundbreaking technology that turned the braces industry on its head. Smooth plastic aligners that are clear and removable are an incredible innovation from traditional braces that used to be bulky and uncomfortable. There have been a lot of advances to traditional braces as well, but invisalign still carries the advantages of less visits to the orthodontist during treatment, removability for easy brushing and flossing, invisibility and overall comfort because of the smooth, plastic-only design.
2. Digital scans and 3D imaging
For some treatment options, orthodontists are able to digitally scan the mouth and jaw, rather than using a traditional mold that can be uncomfortable, messy and unpleasant tasting. Technology advances in orthodontics have also provided orthodontists with the ability to digitally model and assess the teeth and jaw to map out exactly how to best treat your teeth and bite and bring them into alignment most efficiently and quickly.
3. Smaller, more comfortable braces
In past decades, braces could feel incredibly bulky and be tough on the gums and lips because of surfaces and wires that were not completely smooth. In recent years, though, this has improved a lot, with slimmer profiles, and smoother surfaces to cause less irritation and discomfort. The need for bulky devices like headgear are also uncommon now with technology advances in orthodontics like temporary implants.
Every advance in orthodontics means an easier and better experience for the patient. There has never been a better time to talk to your orthodontist to find out more about the recent technology advances in orthodontics and how they can make your experience quicker, more comfortable and with the ease of knowing what to expect at the final result.
Call our Longview or Tyler dental offices to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.