Advances in Orthodontic Technology and Treatments
During the past decade, high-tech advances have transformed available orthodontic technology and treatments resulting in more patient-friendly, discreet and effective bracket systems. Braces are smaller, smoother, more efficiently adhered, healthier for the gums, and (some options) nearly invisible. Clear braces are fabricated to match your tooth’s natural color and have really made adult treatment more appealing. Newer still, is Invisalign, a system to move teeth without any braces. The archwires that straighten teeth today are not only more comfortable to wear, they also require less energy levels over longer periods of time. Some orthodontic wires even use the temperature of your mouth to activate tooth movement. These advancements in technology translate into more comfort for you, less time in an office chair, and quicker, lasting results. Our friendly, experienced staff at Belmar Orthodontics is excited to educate you on all your available options. There never was a better time than today for receiving orthodontic treatment.
When Invisalign® was released as a treatment option, it accomplished something truly extraordinary in the field of orthodontics–an invisible, removable design. As an Invisalign® patient you wear a series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners that are adjusted as the teeth shift into place without metal or wires. Patients love that the aligners are clear and not easily noticed by others. They also require less trips to your orthodontist for adjustments and make cleaning your teeth easier than traditional braces during the treatment process.
Digital X-rays with Planmeca ProMax® 3D
Belmar Orthodontics strives to provide you with the best orthodontic technology currently available for your care and treatment. Improvements in technology save you time and can offer you better precision and better results. This is one of the reasons why we use digital x-ray technology over traditional x-ray methods. With Planmeca ProMax® 3D we can offer our patients three-dimensional imaging as well as panoramic views of their bite and teeth alignment. This technology not only helps when diagnosing your specific patient needs, it is also a tool that can help us create your perfect smile. Planmeca ProMax® 3D scans are extremely safe for our patients and incorporate Planmeca Ultra Low Dose™ imaging protocol, enabling imaging with an even lower effective patient dose than standard 2D panoramic imaging. The amount of information we are able to gather from you, coupled with an extremely low dose of radiation in comparison to traditional x-rays, makes this technology a win-win for our patients. Patients also appreciate the improved comfort and rapid image-gathering process that Planmeca ProMax® 3D offers.
Temporary Anchorage Devices, also known as TADs–or mini-screws, mini-implants, and micro-implants–are used in some orthodontic cases to help shift the teeth into a straighter position when braces can’t do it on their own, resulting in much more efficient treatment. Combined with braces, the titanium mini-screws provide a fixed object that can be used to push, pull, or lift teeth that are being straightened. Since TADs don’t move, Dr. Hardy can use them to move teeth in directions and amounts that previously were not possible.
Belmar Orthodontics offers our patients the amazing benefits of digital 3D impressions with Planmeca PlanScan® intraoral scanner. This high-tech orthodontic technology product enables us to forego traditional, messy impressions to create your orthodontic products with ease and precision. Digital impressions give Dr. Hardy a more complete view of your teeth and mouth allowing him to create products for you that are perfectly customized for your needs and that give you a more accurate fit. The process is more comfortable, and the results are immediate.
Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Clear Braces from 3M Technologies
The outcome of your orthodontic experience relies heavily on the skills of your orthodontist and staff and the orthodontic technology they choose to incorporate in your treatment. 3M Technologies offers orthodontic practices the innovative orthodontic technology of Clarity™ ADVANCED Ceramic Clear Braces. This clear bracket system gives amazing results with minimal visibility of the appliance during treatment. 3M is a recognized, industry giant with many accolades to their achievements in innovation and science. Not only do clear brackets give you an aesthetic design, 3M Technologies went a step further with their innovation to create a top-of-the-line bonding agent that prevents demineralization around the bracket. Clear brackets from 3M offers superior, adhesive strength so brackets stay strong and fixed during the treatment process, but couples that with a debonding agent that makes removal easy and safe for your teeth after treatment.
Incognito braces, from 3M Technologies, offer what many have been hoping orthodontic technology would achieve for years–braces that work behind your teeth, out of sight. This obvious cosmetic advantage has been propelling the Incognito Lingual Braces System to the forefront of popular orthodontic options in the industry. Lingual (tongue-side) braces are bonded behind the teeth rather than in front so they are hidden when you talk and smile. Lingual braces offer you the same effective results as traditional braces but with a nearly undetectable appearance during the treatment process. Not all orthodontists offer lingual braces because training and technical expertise are needed to be able to provide you with the effective results you want. The dentists at Belmar Orthodontics have the expertise, training and experience needed to offer you this technologically-advanced treatment option.
Schedule a Consultation to Learn More
The best way to find out how Belmar Orthodontics superior orthodontic technology can benefit you is to schedule an appointment for an in-office consultation. Dr. Hardy can talk with you about your goals and come up with an effective treatment plan to help you achieve them. Contact our office today at 303.225.9016. We are excited to meet you and help you reach your smile goals!