Dental technology has advanced at a remarkable pace, changing significantly from what it was decades ago. This advancement has led to improvements in caregiving and has also required numerous changes in terms of knowledge to be able to use new equipment and techniques. Improvement in technology has drastically changed the delivery of healthcare, especially in orthodontics.
When you consider their traditional roles in dental health, you might not know how far these technologies have come. Traditionally, patients were treated via teeth extraction. Currently, the method has changed to total avoidance of teeth extraction. In this new practice, the braces are fitted using a sliding system, where the wire is placed between the brackets and tightened. This new technology reduces the friction between the bracket and wire, significantly improving the results and a reduced need to extract teeth. The change in technology has also changed the braces used to treat the patients. The standard size brackets and wire braces have been replaced by a variety of braces types that can be appropriately selected for each patent.
The improvement in computing power means that dentists have moved away from hand drawings to 3D models of the patient’s mouth. There are a number of other applications as well. For instance, patients can avoid braces by using Invisalign, where a plastic tray aligns each tooth using CAD-CAM technology. Also, Cone Beam CT scanning is replacing the low quality of 2D X-rays. These scans equip the orthodontist with a 3D image of the patient’s dentition and jaw. In addition, the orthodontist now has the option to use mini-screws, leading to molars losing their traditional roles as anchors for brackets. This practice reduces unnecessary movement in the molars.
Adoption of Technology
The adoption of various technologies is essential in dental care and these changes have even enhanced communication between doctors and patients, primarily due to the introduction of different devices. The clinic must stay on top of these developments. For smooth passage of the technologies, orthodontists are attending numerous seminars and conferences to learn the emerging approaches in the field. This guarantees that the patients are served swiftly, effectively, and comfortably.
Similar to all other medical technologies, these tools and techniques will enable dental professionals to improve on care delivery. These innovative advancements will also ensure the comfort of the patient. Remaining aware means that orthodontic specialists are better able to help their patients.
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