What You Might Not Know About Orthodontic Technology

what you might not know about orthodontic technologyWhen you think about orthodontics, you might picture a set of conspicuous, bracket-and-wire braces. For some adults who need treatment for crooked teeth, this conception might make them hesitant to make important dental corrections. Misalignment can cause you to endure an uncomfortable bite, as well as impede your ability to thoroughly clean your teeth. It can also contribute to TMJ dysfunction. Advances in technology have improved upon the orthodontic experience, addressing matters of comfort, as well as orthodontia’s impact on your appearance.

Your Orthodontist Can Take A Digital Impression Of Your Mouth

Advanced scanning technology has simplified how your orthodontist can take an impression of your mouth. Rather than using a sticky, uncomfortable impression mold, an iTero digital scanner uses lasers to map an impression of your teeth. A Galileos ConeBeam CT scan can render a 3D image of your mouth, and can do so while emitting less radiation than a medical CT scan.

Tooth-Colored Brackets Make Braces Less Conspicuous

For braces that have a less pronounced effect on your smile, your orthodontist can use tooth-colored brackets, which can be harder to see. These brackets can enable you to have your teeth brought into alignment with less disruption to your smile.

Invisalign Can Straighten Teeth With Removable Appliances

If you qualify, you could straighten your teeth without the use of conventional braces. Invisalign inserts can gradually realign your teeth with clear aligner trays. The trays are difficult to see when you wear them, and can be removed whenever you need to eat, or clean your teeth.