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Hi-Tech in Orthodontics


Brace Yourself Mom and Dad
Hi-Tech Invades Orthodontics
Tooth-Colored Braces Look Great


Brace Yourself Mom and Dad

According to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), over one million adults are wearing braces - twice the number from just fifteen years ago. We've experienced this trend in our office as well, particularly with adults choosing to have treatment at the same time as their children. One of our adult patients commented, "It's easier when you're going through braces together - I know first hand what my son is going through."

Often times, it is a son or a daughter who motivates their parents to seek treatment. Parents notice the fast improvement and see that their child adapts quite easily. Other motivators seem to be crowded teeth, a bad bite, jaw joint (TMJ) pain, and the overall appearance of the smile. Left untreated, these problems can worsen, and lead or contribute to more serious conditions including gum (periodontal) disease and tooth loss.

During the past ten or so years, hi-tech advances have truly made orthodontic treatment more "patient friendly." Braces are smaller, smoother, easier to have placed, healthier for the gums, and the clear braces are nearly invisible. These clear braces that blend in with your tooth's natural color have really made adult treatment more appealing. Newer still, is Invisalign, a system to move teeth without any braces. While Invisalign has its limitations, for uncomplicated cases, it can be very beneficial, and it looks great.

The archwires that help braces improve teeth today are more comfortable than ever, using lower energy levels over longer periods of time. Some orthodontic wires even use the warmth of your mouth to activate tooth movement. These combined hi-tech improvements have greatly decreased orthodontic discomfort and reduced the number of office visits and your overall time in treatment.

The actual process of tooth movement in children and adults is the same. However, treatment for a parent is usually a bit different than their child's for two reasons - gum disease and growth.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), three out of four adults have some form of gum disease by the age of 35. Kids are far less likely to have problems here. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can damage the supporting gum and bone tissue. With healthy gum and bone strength, there is no age limit for a better, straighter smile. We recently treated a 76 year old grandmother. She looks terrific!

Because adult facial bones are finished growing, there could be some treatment limitations, although this is usually not the case. Some large bite corrections may require a combined team approach and involve orthodontics and jaw surgery. Because young children are actively growing, we are able to work with, and even enhance their natural growth. This usually eliminates the need for future jaw surgery, even with severe orthodontic problems.

Orthodontic treatment is always a change for the better, regardless of age. Due to hi-tech advances in treatment, esthetics, and comfort, the trend of more parents and children in treatment together will likely continue to increase.

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Hi-Tech Invades Orthodontics

Computerization - Laser Technology - Outer Space and Deep Sea Exploration - Scientific Breakthroughs. Orthodontics.

Orthodontics?

Yes, orthodontics. Because of these and other hi-tech fields, orthodontic treatment today is more comfortable, quicker, and more esthetic than ever before.

As a result of computerized design and international cooperation, metal braces are manufactured to increase comfort and shorten treatment time. This means that those long, drawn-out treatments that many people went through years ago can now be finished faster, often in 25-50% less time. The braces are now smaller so they're more esthetic and easier to keep clean. Further, appointment times are shortened and more comfortable, allowing patients and their families more time for family and friends.

Clear and tooth colored braces are one of the greatest hi-tech orthodontic advances. Unlike the clear braces commonly used just 10 years ago (plastic), the new clear braces are smoother, more durable (last the entire treatment), and functionally equal to their metal brace counterparts. Also they are non-stainable, keeping your smile looking great throughout treatment.

Orthodontic wires are more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Using metal alloys spawned from U.S. space technology, orthodontic tooth movement can be done with less energy over time rather than the traditional "bursts of soreness" that was a standard just a few short years ago. Some hi-tech orthodontic wires are actually activated by the warm temperature of your mouth!

Progressive orthodontists are better at helping patients retain all of their permanent teeth, and helping to create better facial proportions and harmony. The key is , of course, having your orthodontic evaluation at the best possible time.

There are many other hi-tech advances that help progressive orthodontists provide better, faster, and more stable orthodontic therapy for you and your families. If you or someone you know is considering orthodontic treatment, feel good knowing that these hi-tech improvements have made treatment much more "patient friendly".

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Tooth-Colored Braces Look Great

The specialty of orthodontics has come a long way from the unfashionable “train tracks” look that many youngsters with braces had to endure in years gone by. Today, nearly all braces are smaller and more comfortable than just 10 or 20 years ago.

One type of brace that has received a great deal of attention is the clear “ceramic” or “sapphire” brace. Originally designed for adults who desired braces that were less noticeable, patients of all ages are now enjoying the esthetic benefits of these clear braces. Because they are nearly invisible, people notice your smile, not your braces.

The material used to fabricate these braces is extremely pure and non-reactive, and does not stain. This is a great improvement over the first generation of clear braces that were made of plastic and stained relatively easily.

Are these clear braces as effective as the standard or miniature metal braces? They can be, but there are a few things to consider. First, clear ceramic braces are not for every bite. The material is extremely hard - even harder than teeth - and is not indicated in all situations. Second, additional costs can be involved. These and other factors should be discussed thoroughly with your orthodontist prior to beginning treatment.

Are these tooth-colored braces the wave of the future? When you consider the benefits, including comfort, excellent treatment results, and superior esthetics, the answer may very well prove to be yes.

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