If you ask people what they think about going to the orthodontist and having their teeth straightened, more often than not you’ll find that most people are fearful of the idea. These people expect pain and think the process will take over two years to complete. However, 21st century technology has given way to new, extremely innovative methods of straightening teeth. Invisalign and SureSmile are two new orthodontics procedures that can make straightening teeth easy, painless, and fast.
This system uses thin plastic trays called aligners that gradually move and straighten teeth over time. After an initial consultation, your orthodontist will take photographs and make impressions of your teeth before creating a digital 3-D image that will illustrate how your teeth will look before, during, and after the straightening treatment. The orthodontist will formulate a treatment plan that includes creating a series of customized aligners precisely designed to fit your mouth during each stage of the straightening process.
These aligners, which are replaced by a new set approximately every two weeks, are thin, clear, and best of all, removable. It will be difficult for people to tell you’re wearing aligners. You can even take the aligners out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You won’t have to worry about getting food stuck in your braces either. The Invisalign process doesn’t use the metal brackets and wires of standard metal braces. This means you don’t have to worry about painful cuts or metal allergies. Invisalign is great for adults or teens who want straight teeth without suffering the look of regular metal braces. This treatment is also great for people who may have had braces in the past and just want to make some minor cosmetic adjustments to their smile.
SureSmile is a method of orthodontics that uses robotics to replace traditional braces. Sophisticated 3-D imaging creates a computerized treatment plan that moves the teeth along a more direct path to their target positions. This is combined with robotic hands that precisely bend the archwires to a prescription that is unique to you. In the past, orthodontists had to painstakingly bend the wires by hand. Now, the archwire metal can be heated to over 1000F during the robotic customization process. The result is a more perfectly bent wire customized to fit your mouth. This, along with the shorter distance the teeth have to travel thanks to the advanced treatment planning software, can make your overall treatment time much shorter. In fact, SureSmile has been shown to straighten teeth in almost 40% less time than traditional orthodontics. It takes most people about two years to get straight teeth with traditional braces, but with SureSmile treatment may only take 12 to 15 months. Additionally, the advanced precision wires mean fewer visits to the orthodontist’s office and less discomfort.
With the inventions of Invisalign and SureSmile, it’s never been easier for you to get the straight teeth you’ve always wanted. Advanced technologies have cut down on the discomfort, harsh appearance, and long treatment time associated with traditional metal braces. To find out if one of these teeth-straightening methods is right for you, visit your orthodontist today.