Orthodontic treatment has undergone something of a revolution over the last decade or two but what can we expect to gain from these innovations?
One of the driving forces behind the revolution and evolution of orthodontic treatment is the sophistication of the dental technology that we now have at our disposal. The instruments and systems that we use now are a far cry from what was available as little as twenty years ago and we have piggybacked the success of digital technology to introduce innovative orthodontic treatments that better straighten your smile. We are in a privileged position to have learned as these treatments became more sophisticated and the technology started to progress. So what will see in the short-term? These are some of the trends you should look out for.
3D dental imaging and scanning
X-rays have been used in dentistry for a number of years and to good effect as well considering that they provide a partial replica of the inner workings of your teeth and jaws. Where X-rays only provide us with a 2D rendering of your teeth, CBCT (Cone Beam CT Scanners) allow us to create clear and detailed images in 3D that we can manipulate and see from almost any angle. What this means for us is that we can be far more accurate with isolating and diagnosing any concerns and provide tailored care that is unique to your situation.
TADs or temporary anchorage devices
Dentists use these surgical grade TADs to create an anchor in your jaw that controls the movement of your teeth inside your mouth. Traditionally associated with oral surgery, these surgical-grade titanium mini screws can give you an excellent base off of which to correct any unwanted movement. The procedure is easy, painless and only requires a small dose of topical anaesthetic.
Clear and invisible braces
When you receive treatment using traditional metal braces, the force that is used in order to shift your teeth into their ideal position can cause a fair amount of pain and discomfort. When you couple this with the fact that patients may want to hide their smile, it was only a matter of time before we could straighten your teeth in a way that is far more discreet, as well as being effective and efficient. Invisalign clear removable aligners and clear braces are barely noticeable to the naked eye and are extremely adept at making the changes you need to give you a beautifully straight smile.
Orthodontic Treatment FAQ’s
How can I recognise a potential bite problem?
There are a number of ways that you can tell if you have a potential bite problem and this usually includes teeth that are too crowded, protruding or erupting in a way that is out of line with your other teeth. If any of these problems are easily spotted, then it is generally accepted that you will require orthodontic treatment at some point. There are some more subtle indicators like breathing through your mouth frequently, a problem with your teeth meeting properly or thumb sucking that continues for longer than 3 years.
What are some of the possible benefits of orthodontics?
Receiving orthodontic treatment, regardless of your age, can have a transformative effect on not only the aesthetics of your teeth but your oral health as well. A straight smile is a healthy smile and aside from looking appearing more attractive, orthodontic treatment makes it easier for you to keep your teeth clean later in life because there are fewer gaps in your teeth for food to get stuck in. The distribution of power in your bite is equal, which means no unnecessary wear on your teeth. Even severe problems with your smile can be vastly improved by orthodontic treatment and it’s never too late to get it.
How can I take care of my teeth if I’m wearing braces or a retainer?
A few rules of thumb to consider when you are wearing braces or a retainer can help you to avoid any hiccups in your treatment. You should always brush your teeth after every meal and floss at least once during the course of the day. Always make sure that you are using toothpaste with fluoride in it so that your teeth are better prepared against the formation of cavities. Be sure to avoid any foods that qualify as sticky or chewy like gummy sweets or chewing gum. Keep your retainer clean and put it somewhere that you know is safe and there’s no chance of you losing it.
We take huge pride in staying up to date with the latest advances in dentistry so that we can offer you the very best levels of orthodontic treatment and care. In fact, we offer Invisalign and clear braces treatment to all our patients and encourage you to come in for a consultation. To find out more about our comprehensive range of orthodontic treatments or to make an appointment, please click here.