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Orthodontics Dental Technologies

Orthodontics or orthodontic treatment with braces has undergone a technological revolution. New materials and techniques are constanlty being developed that now orthodontic treatment less noticeable, more comfortable and in certain cases reduce orthodontic treatment timing as well as making it more cost effective.


Direct Bracket Bonding

In the past, individual bands were used to secure orthodontic attachments. While the bands usually made of stainless steel were an effective method, this created the “tin grin” look that was unappealing to many. With todays new orthodontic bracket bonding techniques as well as new typed of self-ligating brackets (such as Damon braces), brackets are now less noticeable in terms of size and thickness. 


Titanium Archwire

Another innovation in orthodontic treatment are the titanium archwires that joins the brackets to provide the required force. The titanium archwires are sometimes called “Space Age” wires becuase the wires was developed through the NASA space program and are made from resilient metals that allows for more flexible and retain a pre-formed shape.

These titanium wires are easier for orthodontists to apply with fewer wire replacements This means that having reduced number of visits for wire adjustments, less discomfort to patients and shorter treatment time.

Among a variety of materials, BIDC dental center also uses the Unitek Nitinol Archwire system. These archwire systems provides the linear elasticity and bendability of high strength steel. The Unitek Nitinol Heat Activated archwire thermally activates super-elastic archwire. To date, only nickel titanium can deliver the elastic working range making it easy for the Nitinol wires to engage and delivers the light continuous forces that effectively move teeth.


Clear Brackets

Clear brackets or tooth-colored brackets are rapidly gaining in popularity due to its less visiblity trades. Clear brackets are more aesthetically appealing. They are available in translucent white that blends with teeth-color shades or in a clear, transparent material that enables the natural color of teeth to be visible through the brackets. Clear braces can boost the patient’s self-esteem and help eliminate the self-consciousness that may be associated with conventional metal braces.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces enables complete “obscurity” for patients who do not want people to know that they are wearing braces or having orthodontic treatment. Lingual braces are placed on the internal surfaces or the back of the teeth making the braces hideen. Lingual braces are suited for professionals such as lawyers, doctors, celebrities and sales representatives. Lingual braces should be performed by orthodontists specializing in lingual braces technique in ensuring successful treatment results and it is thus important to check on the qualifications of your dentists as the forces and technique applied may differ from having conventional braces done. 


Functional or Removable Appliances

Considerable publicity has been given to functional or removable appliances or removable braces such as Invisalign and Essix braces. Conventional braces place pressure directly to teeth. Functional appliances are used in different ways. Some are intended to influence growth of the jaws in order to effect changes in facial structure. Some are used to retain teeth in the corrected positions. They also are often used prior to and in conjunction with conventional braces. With today's concepts, removable appliances such as Invisalign clear aligners are now being used to align mildly crooked teeth. Again, functional and removable appliances are not applicable to all cases and whether these appliances are suited for an individual should be checked with your certified orthodontist. 


Colorful Bands and Retainers

The small rubber bands or o-rings,sometimes also referred to as elastics now come in colors from neons to pastels or clear bands. Individuals who place braces can change their elastics to coordinate with their outfits, or they can be festive for holidays.

Retainers, usually worn after the braces are removed, can also be personalized and made in colors other than the traditional roof-of-the-mouth pink.