As a result of innovations in orthodontic materials, orthodontists are able to provide today’s patients with a comfortable and convenient experience while working toward the ultimate goal of a healthy, beautiful smile and improved facial appearance.
In the present century, traditional braces have transformed into something much better. Metal brackets are much smaller and less prominent and can be matched to the color of your teeth, so they blend in and are not so obvious.
There is a new system for braces that uses technology developed by NASA. This new technology uses alloy wires which allow a memory to be built into the wire. The wires, which actually move the teeth under the orthodontist’s supervision, deliver a light, continuous pressure. When they reach mouth temperature, the wires become active and “remember” their original shape. As the wires attempt to return to that shape, they gently guide the teeth into their correct positions. Today’s high-tech materials can result in reduced treatment time with fewer and quicker appointments and less overall discomfort.
As we mature, teeth have a tendency to shift from their ideal positions. Even those who were born with perfectly aligned teeth can experience these unwanted changes. Many adults consult an orthodontist to correct their bite and rejuvenate their smile. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than five million people in the U.S. and Canada are receiving orthodontic treatment. More than one million of these orthodontic patients are adults.
Despite advances in technology, some basics have not changed. Patients need to follow their orthodontist’s instructions regarding good oral hygiene. It is imperative to avoid foods that are too hard, sticky or crunchy. These foods can damage braces, which may lengthen time spent in braces.
Orthodontic patients need to see their dentist every six months for checkups and professional cleanings. Following these recommendations helps patients complete their treatment on time and with desired results.
To learn more about the latest advances in orthodontic treatment, contact our office today at 203-513-2014.