Are you tired of having crooked or misaligned teeth? Don’t think it’s too late to fix that problem just because you didn’t get braces as a teen. As many as 50-75% of Americans could benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. Thanks to more innovations in the field, professional orthodontists have many ways to fix teeth issues beyond traditional braces.
These clear aligners have become more popular among those seeking a better smile. Since they’re clear and removable, you have a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces. Depending on the severity of your issue and how well you follow directions, you may only need three months of treatment. So, you can have straighter teeth faster than before.
Your local orthodontist has better ways of studying your teeth and predicting your post-treatment outcome. They can now do a full set of X-rays in one 360-degree scan. They can also create 3D images of the teeth. An instant set of full X-rays means less exposure to radiation, since you only have to do one scan.
Technology has incorporated copper-titanium and nickel into wires, which results in easier bending. These new wires also tighten faster, as your teeth shift into new positions. With the ability to have brace wires that can shift naturally, you’ll make fewer office visits for adjustments.
When you visit the orthodontist, they may have to take impressions of your teeth. Previously, that would be a manual process in which you would have to bite down so they could take a mold. A digital scanner now allows dental specialists to create these impressions digitally. All you have to do is open your mouth and let the scanner do its magic. The impression is made in minutes on a computer.
As you can see, there are so many ways orthodontists have made it easier for you to improve your smile. Existing techniques have become faster, so you can see straighter teeth in as little as a few months, instead of a couple of years. Of course, the type of treatment you get depends on the severity of your issues, and the resources available at your local orthodontic office. If you’re curious about how orthodontics can create a beautiful smile for you as fast as possible, visit our local office today.