The American Dental Association recommends orthodontic treatments to correct many dental issues. Knowing about the latest advancements in orthodontic treatments can give you more options to fit your lifestyle and dental needs. Here are the details.
Traditional metal braces tend to be uncomfortable for many patients. Blisters and scratches often form from them. This is one of the reasons for the increasing popularity of clear aligners. The plastic material does not scratch or leave blisters in your mouth.
Tweens, teens, and adults prefer clear aligners because they are not obvious. The near invisible aligners can straighten your teeth without attracting negative attention. You will not need to feel awkward when you smile, speak, or laugh in the presence of other people. Photo opportunities will not be an issue.
Metal braces and wires are fixed to your teeth. This makes eating difficult, forcing you to choose only foods that will not dislodge your brackets. With clear aligners, your diet will not change. They are removable, so you can be free of them when you eat and clean your teeth.
Removing your aligners is also possible if you play contact sports. But always remember that you need to wear your clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. Studies show that you must limit the time you do not wear your aligners. This can delay the progress of your treatment.
3D Dental Imaging and Digital X-rays
Digital X-rays and 3D dental imaging provide dentists a better view of your teeth, jaw, and gums. The images are clearer and more detailed. They are accessible and shareable online as well. You will not need to wait a long time to see the photographs of your oral cavity. The technologies can help your dentist diagnose you better. Because of this, you will get the most suitable treatment for your problem.
These scanners allow dentists to produce dental impressions from digital scans instead of using traditional plaster molds. Your dentist will scan your mouth and view the images on the computer screen minutes later. Digital scans produce more accurate images, decreasing the number of fit problems with braces or aligners.
Copper-titanium and Nickel Wires
New technologies gave birth to new materials for straightening teeth. Copper-titanium or nickel wires respond better to the mouth’s heat. They tighten and bend better as the teeth move to their proper positions. Because of this, they reduce the need for tightening dental visits.
Six Month Smiles®
This is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear adult braces to improve the appearance of your smile. Studies show that Six Month Smiles® will not correct your bite. This system will not fill your mouth with brackets either. It realigns the teeth that people see when you smile. The treatment will last six months instead of about two to three years.
Understanding the different advancements in orthodontic treatment can give you more options in targeting your dental issues. At Boss Dental Care, we work with our patients to help them reach their dental health goals. Feel free to visit our clinic in Corpus Christi, Texas, for an in-person consultation. Please call 361-992-7551 or 361-245-5400 to set an appointment or inquire about our different orthodontic treatment packages.