Orthodontics is an ever-evolving field with continuously developing new technologies and treatments. As orthodontists, we must stay on top of these advancements and provide our patients with the latest and most outstanding options for achieving a beautiful, healthy smile.
In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the most exciting new developments in orthodontics and how they can benefit you.
The advancements in orthodontic technologies are rapidly changing the way we treat patients. From 3D scanning to computer-aided design, various interesting new tools can help make getting braces or other treatments faster and easier. Here are some of the most impressive developments in technology:
3D printing allows for precise treatment planning and fabrication of orthodontic appliances. With digital scanning, we can create a detailed 3D model of a patient’s teeth and jaws, which we can then use to plan treatment and even create customized appliances like clear aligners or retainers.
In contrast, 3D printing allows us to quickly and easily create these customized appliances in-office, rather than waiting for them to be fabricated by a lab.
Not only does this 3D option speed up treatment and improve its accuracy, but they also make the process more comfortable for patients. Traditional methods of taking impressions of teeth can be uncomfortable and even painful for some patients. However, digital scanning is quick, easy, and completely painless.
Advancements in Bracket Systems
Another area of orthodontics where we’ve seen a lot of advancements in recent years is bracket systems. Traditional bracket systems use elastic bands to hold the wire in place, which can be a bit uncomfortable. In contrast, the more modern self-ligating bracket systems replace elastic bands with a small clip for improved efficiency and comfort. This not only results in faster treatment times but also requires fewer adjustments to be made by the patient.
Diode Laser Treatment
This treatment uses a laser beam to help reshape the gums and bone surrounding the teeth. This technique can create small pockets in the gums that allow the orthodontic brackets and wires to be attached more securely and remove small amounts of bone and tissue to make room for crowded teeth.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and may be combined with traditional orthodontic methods to achieve the best results. The diode laser treatment is minimally invasive, and recovery time is short.
Clear Aligner Therapy
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, have been around for a while, but they continue to evolve and improve. Clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice among patients who prefer something more discrete. They’re also more comfortable than traditional braces, as they’re custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth and don’t have any metal or wires.
The latest advancements in clear aligner therapy include virtual treatment planning and remote monitoring. With virtual treatment planning, we can use a digital model of our patients’ teeth to plan treatment, which means less time in the chair for patients.
Is There One Treatment That is The Best?
When it comes to orthodontics, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Each patient is unique and has different needs and goals. Some people prefer the virtually invisible option of clear aligners, while others prefer the more traditional look of metal braces. Some patients may have more complex cases requiring more advanced treatments, while others only need minor adjustments.
It’s important to remember that the best treatment for each patient will depend on their individual needs and goals. During your consultation, your orthodontist will thoroughly examine, take necessary x-rays, and discuss your concerns and objectives. After considering all options, your orthodontist will recommend the best treatment plan based on the examination results.
Keep in mind that even though no one treatment is the best, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years. With new technologies such as digital scanning and 3D printing, self-ligating bracket systems, and clear aligner therapy, orthodontic treatment is more efficient, accurate, and comfortable than ever before.
It’s common to combine different techniques and appliances to achieve the best result. For example, some patients may use clear aligners after traditional braces to achieve optimal results.
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We’re dedicated to providing the best orthodontic care at Dillehay Orthodontics. Whether you need minor adjustments or complex treatment, our team of experienced orthodontists is here to ensure you get the smile you deserve! Contact us today for a consultation, and let us help you find the perfect solution for your orthodontic needs.