How is technology improving orthodontics?

Damon bracketsTechnology is advancing at a rapid rate in many aspects of daily life – including your visit to the orthodontist’s office.  Owl Orthodontics is embracing technology to provide you with the most comfortable and effective dental care. If you need to schedule an appointment, you can do that online at www.owlortho.com. On our website you can also read articles about topics of interest to you, choose colors for your bands, or learn more about the different types of braces available.  If you choose to schedule by phone, technology makes that process easier, too.

During your appointment, technology will play a role in many different ways. Computer simulation can illustrate how your smile will look at the completion of treatment. Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your treatment, X-rays make it possible for us to get a clear picture of your teeth and your jaw.  This is important because it helps us provide the best possible treatment and detect any problems so we can deal with them efficiently and effectively.

InvisalignTechnology is incorporated into your treatment itself, as well.  In the past, traditional metal braces were the only option.  Today, they are still a great option but technology has made them more comfortable.  Technology has yielded several alternatives for people who require orthodontic work; these include Invisalign, ceramic braces, Damon Brackets, a Herbst appliance, and InVu Braces.  As a result, your treatment can be tailored to your particular needs.  In fact, many people who sought something other than traditional metal braces are now taking advantage of these newer options to straighten their teeth.

If you have any questions during your appointment, the orthodontist or staff may use technology to help answer them.  Whether your question is about how to brush your teeth when you have braces, how various treatment options work, or something else, computer graphics, technologically-enhanced models, or even your own X-rays may provide visual images to help you understand the answer.

If the orthodontist needs to communicate with your dentist or other health professional, technology can be helpful in that regard, as well.  Gone are the days when files had to be shipped or sent via messenger; now, records, X-rays, and other materials can be sent immediately in electronic format.  This makes it easier for all of the health professionals who are caring for you to coordinate their efforts to provide you with the best care – and does so with added privacy and security.

Finally, technology can be very helpful in keeping orthodontists and staff members up to date with the latest developments in the field.  This enables them to consistently provide patients with the best care.

Technological advances can lead to improvements in many areas of life.  Technology has improved orthodontics in many ways; all of these improvements are designed for the benefit of the patient. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

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