Braces may seem like a relatively modern invention, but people have been attempting to straighten their teeth for several thousand years. Shortly after the invention of the mirror, ancient Greeks began using crude tools in a determined effort to improve their smiles.
Fortunately, technology has evolved considerably in that time. Today, when people need braces, they have a variety of options and Owl Orthodontics will recommend the one that is best suited for each individual.
Metal braces have been a staple in the orthodontic world for quite some time, and with good reason: they work well. Made from high-grade stainless steel, they, too, have advanced considerably over time. They are less visible and more comfortable than ever before. Colored bands are available and the colors can be changed at each appointment.
Ceramic braces are another option but they are not right for everyone. Given the fact that they are made from clear ceramic material, they have a fragility not found in metal braces. However, the fact that they are clear and effective makes them very popular with adults.
People who prefer to avoid metal braces have other options, as well. Invisalign is a well-known and effective option which makes use of custom-made plastic trays to straighten the teeth in a gradual manner and with maximum comfort and convenience. Again, this option is not right for everyone, but it is an excellent example of how technology has increased the options available for people who need or want to straighten their teeth.
InVu Braces are also an option for people who prefer to undergo orthodontic treatment without attracting attention to it. They are created using color-matching technology so your smile will continue to look like your own while you are having orthodontic treatment. In addition, they are designed to be comfortable and very effective.
Damon Braces are “full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.”
Technology is all around us and it has the potential to change our lives in many ways. This is true in orthodontics, as it is in numerous other aspects of life. With today’s technology, orthodontists can help children, teenagers, and adults achieve results that are beautiful as well as healthy.
However, regardless of technology, some things never change. It is always important to find an orthodontic practice with qualified, caring professionals who are committed to helping you make your teeth as healthy as they can be.
At Owl Orthodontics, we recognize that each person is unique. Gone are the days when braces automatically meant traditional metal braces; today, we consider the full range of options available and choose the one that is best for each individual situation and lifestyle. We value orthodontic technology because it allows us to customize the best option for each person. That’s always a good thing.