Over the past couple of decades, there have been significant advances in dentistry and its associated technologies. Due to these innovations, there are techniques and materials available that have introduced new treatments. These treatments have improved patient experiences by enhancing the potential results dentists can deliver during treatment. Orthodontic treatments, in particular, have advanced at a staggering pace, bringing more beautiful smiles than ever out of patients.
Trends In Orthodontic Treatment Impacting Your Child’s Care
Every few years, there are specific trends in the advancement of dental technology. During these periods, providers will see rapid changes in the types of care they can provide, often within specific fields. Below are the most prevalent trends in our current period.
- 3D Imaging and CBCT Scanning – For years, providers have had to rely on hazy, difficult-to-read 2-dimensional films. Cone Beam CT scanners have arrived and are delivering enhanced 3D viewing options that make it easier than ever to get clear images. These images are not only much better resolution but they can also be rotated in any direction, allowing your dentist to view them from any angle. The impact on diagnosing and treatment planning cannot be overstated.
- Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) – Proper anchorage is one of the essential parts of effective orthodontic treatment. TADs are miniature titanium screws that can be secured in the jawbone within the oral cavity. These serve as mounting points for anchoring orthodontic appliances. These mounting points provide anchorage points where none previously existed, enhancing orthodontic results.
- Invisible, Self-Ligating, and Clear Braces – Standard braces traditionally rely on heavy force to adjust the placement of a patient’s teeth. These modern innovations in orthodontic care are more discreet, effective, and efficient than ever. Teeth can be straightened without resorting to elastic bands with self-ligating systems. Clear aligners and clear ceramic braces are nearly invisible to the naked eye. Even modern traditional braces are much more comfortable to wear than earlier models.
- Comprehensive Smile Design Systems – These systems allow the patient and dentist to work together to envision the final result of a complete smile makeover. Rather than relying on photos of previous patients, verbal descriptions, and artistic renderings, SDS makes it possible to present the patient with a digital rendering of their potential results.
These technologies are just some of those changing the face of orthodontic and dental care for patients worldwide. They’re impacting results for patients of every age, from pediatric to those in their golden years.
Contact Your Pediatric Dentist To Learn More
It’s important to stay abreast of the technologies in use in your child’s dental care. Reaching out to your pediatric dental office can provide valuable insight and information. You may learn about the current treatment options available and what your dentist hopes to introduce in the near future. Further, you can work with them to determine what kinds of treatment can help your child’s oral health development. By learning more about the equipment they provide, you can set the minds of yourself and your child at ease, providing a better treatment experience for everyone involved.