December 13, 2022
Orthodontics is a field that is constantly advancing, with new technologies and treatments being developed all the time. At Dudley Smiles, we stay on top of these advancements to provide our patients with the most efficient and effective ways to achieve a healthy smile.
This blog post will take a closer look at some of the most exciting developments in orthodontics and how they can benefit our patients.
Minimally Invasive Orthodontics
Orthodontics has experienced a recent revolution with the introduction of minimally invasive procedures. Unlike traditional orthodontic treatments involving metal brackets and wires, minimally invasive orthodontics utilizes clear aligners or small, tooth-colored attachments to guide teeth into their desired position gently. This type of treatment is more discrete and more comfortable for patients.
Clear Aligners Advancements
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign and Spark, have been around for a while, but they continue to evolve and improve. The latest advancements in clear aligner technology include virtual treatment planning and remote monitoring. Additionally, clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice among patients who want to maintain a natural appearance during treatment.
Another exciting development in orthodontics is the use of digital technology. Digital technology, such as 3D scanning and computer-aided design, allows for precise treatment planning and appliance fabrication. This not only results in faster treatment times but also improves the accuracy of the treatment. 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.
Clear braces are made of clear or tooth-colored materials. They offer the same effectiveness as traditional metal braces but are much less visible. This makes them a popular option for adults and teenagers self-conscious about wearing braces. These braces are also available in various styles and can be customized to fit the needs of each individual patient.
3-D Printed Braces
These braces are the most advanced and custom braces system. Because they are 3-D printed, each bracket is completely custom for each tooth. Our 3-D printed braces are a form of clear braces.
Self-Ligating Bracket Systems
Self-ligating bracket systems do not require elastic bands to hold the wire in place. Instead, they use a small clip, which leads to quicker treatment times and requires fewer adjustments by the patient. Patients who desire a beautiful and healthy smile with minimal discomfort will find this option ideal.
Accelerated orthodontics is a newer treatment option that uses special techniques and devices to speed up the orthodontic process. The orthodontic industry is rapidly advancing, allowing patients to access more modern and effective possibilities for attaining a healthy and beautiful smile.
With all these new advancements in orthodontics, it’s clear that the field is evolving and improving to provide patients with better options for achieving a beautiful and healthy smile.
Which Treatment is Right For You?
We are dedicated to providing the best care and finding the right solution for your needs at Dudley Smiles. Contact us today to learn more about the latest advancements in orthodontics and find out which treatment option is right for you.