A visit to an orthodontist is a much different experience now as compared to a decade ago. If your regular dentist has advised you to see one of these specialists you should know that there have been many different advances in technology recently, to make their work a lot more precise and to make your visit a lot less stressful, as well. What are some of these advances?
An exciting new treatment enables your orthodontist to very precisely customise the appearance of your new “smile.” This involves special 3-D planning software so that bracket and wires can be custom designed to the precise dimensions of the patient in question.
A standard set of impressions taken in the dentist’s chair can be converted by the software into a very specific 3-D “virtual” model. Using the software your orthodontist can then make modifications as he or she comes up with the perfect smile for the individual. These results can be shown in advance to the patient before any work begins. Then, once the brackets have been manufactured they are placed on the teeth with new and highly precise placement guides, also called jigs. At the same time, wires are used in association with the brackets to ensure that the tooth realignment is as efficient as possible.
The main thing to bear in mind here is that off-the-shelf brace systems are no longer needed and the new brackets and wires are designed to take into account your unique facial and dental features for a much more pleasant wearing experience.
Braces with Less Friction and Pressure
There’s been another significant advancement as well and this should make the patient experience even more appealing as the braces work to realign the teeth. Orthodontists now fully understand how ligation forces and friction work together to move the teeth into place over time. The old system would use elastic ligatures and steel ties, applying pressure to the bracket to move the teeth with the guidance of the arch wires. This needed heavier forces in order to achieve the result and could be uncomfortable for the patient. The new system is more passive and the new brackets have a sliding mechanism that allows the practitioner to put the wire inside, so it is able to move more freely. The result is less pressure and friction, a more efficient working force and more comfort for the patient.
Discrete Braces, As Well
And finally, for those patients who are worried about the overall aesthetic when wearing braces, there are new brackets on the market which are almost invisible to the eye, resistant to staining and use the “self ligating” system explained in the previous paragraph. Consequently, they work efficiently, quickly and discreetly to achieve the desired orthodontic result.