Brace Yourself ! Orthodontics is Changing

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A lot has changed in the development of braces for straightening teeth since the earliest Egyptians used a cord made from animal intestines (known as catgut) strung around and across teeth and tightened like modern day wire, according to the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).

“Orthodontics is a constantly changing and adapting field that has shown great progress over the last 20 years,” stated Dr. Matt MacGinnis, orthodontist.

One significant change was the ability to bond brackets directly to the teeth rather than banding, talbototho.com. Advances in bonding have led to aesthetic brackets and better patient comfort during treatment. In addition, the bonding of brackets has allowed orthodontists the ability to see more patients each day by drastically decreasing banding appointment times.

“Each one of these tools has led to better diagnosis, progressive treatment, patient comfort, and shorter treatment times,” stated  Dr. MacGinnis.

The newest technology in orthodontics is temporary anchorage devices, or “TADs”. They are essentially small titanium anchors that allow orthodontists to treat more complex orthodontic problems and achieve faster tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort.. also stated that they are small titanium pins that are anchored to the bone, which are eventually removed after the necessary orthodontic movement is completed, according to  davidevansdds.com..

Oral radiography has seen a drastic change in the field of orthodontics according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 3-D technology now allows orthodontists to visualize cranial structures that previously would have only been visible in two dimensions. This has allowed for better treatment planning, specifically when dealing with surgical cases or impacted teeth, added the source.

When it comes to straightening teeth, there are exciting new options in color, style and material. For example, Invisalign clear braces system is one of the most popular options chosen by patients today. Invisalign braces are nearly invisible in appearance and can be removed quickly an easily for special the patient for special occasions and brushing, stated dentalassociates.us

More than 78% of the 4.8 million people wearing braces were under the age of 18. Most people get braces between the ages of 9 and 14, so metal braces remain very common among children, according to 2008 statistics from the AAO.

“Each one of these tools has led to better diagnosis, progressive treatment, patient comfort, and shorter treatment times,” stated  Dr. MacGinnis.