Metal brackets. Wires. Bands. Braces seem to look and feel a lot like they did 10, 20, and even 30 years ago. With all the technology being introduced to orthodontia lately, it begs the question, “How has technology changed the way we move teeth?”
“Tremendously,” said Dr. Crutchfield. “The difference between how orthodontia was done even ten years ago and how we manage it now is quite drastic. We may use the same basic components, but how we use them, where we use them, and when we use them has changed quite a bit.”
He’s referring to the Damon System, which uses a passive system that facilitates faster tooth movement without the need for extraction or surgery. “Technology allows us to create a unique strategy for each patient,” he adds. “It also removes the guesswork. We can clearly see and play out tooth movement and develop a plan for the optimal scenario–a natural smile without unnecessary pain, time, or expense.”
To this end, technology ends up being the silent partner in the orthodontist office. Orthodontists like Dr. Crutchfield stay at the forefront of technology because it maximizes patient comfort; from eliminating the need for messy plaster molds to decreasing the time patients spend in brackets, technology improves patient experience, outcomes, and overall satisfaction.
“Technology may never make getting braces ‘fun,’” says Dr. Crutchfield. “But it certainly has made getting them more comfortable. Patients these days have fewer appointments, and the ones they have are short and quick. Results come faster and with reduced pain. And that’s still plenty to smile about. Especially at the OBC, our staff does everything we can to make sure you leave smiling.”
When you’re ready for technology to play a role in your smile, we’re here to take care of you. Schedule your free assessment today by calling 703-263-0575.