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Digital, Customized Braces vs. Traditional Braces

As an orthodontist, I am always excited to explore the latest advancements in orthodontic care. In recent years, digital, custom technology has revolutionized the field, offering new possibilities for achieving beautiful, healthy smiles more comfortably, consistently, and efficiently. One such innovation is the advent of digital, customized braces, which have emerged as a game-changer in orthodontic treatment. In this blog post, we will delve into digital, customized braces compared to traditional braces, highlighting the remarkable benefits they bring to both orthodontists and patients.

Customized Brackets

Custom brackets play a key role in the precision of digital, customized braces. Unlike traditional brackets, which are one-size-fit-all and will not fit each individual’s teeth perfectly, custom brackets are designed to fit each tooth like a glove. The brackets are precisely manufactured to match the shape and contours of the individual teeth, ensuring an ideal fit. This perfect fit translates into more precise control over tooth movement and alignment, leading to quicker, more consistent results and less bracket breakage.

Digital Planning

Through the use of digital scans and 3D modeling, orthodontists can now precisely map out the desired tooth movements and bracket positions on a computer, ensuring a more accurate and individualized approach. The ability to plan final tooth positions digitally as opposed to making adjustments in a patient’s mouth gives us orthodontists a significantly greater level of control over tooth movement. With the traditional approach, it is extremely difficult to place brackets precisely in the mouth with compromised visibility due to the patient’s cheeks, tongue and saliva. Starting with a digital scan of a patient’s teeth, we can precisely plan the final tooth positions digitally which results in consistently better results with shorter treatment times and less visits.

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Indirect Bonding

Indirect bonding takes this precision to the next level. Instead of placing the brackets on the teeth by hand (direct bonding), the brackets are then transferred to the patient’s teeth with an indirect bonding tray, resulting in a more precise placement and alignment. With traditional braces, it is very difficult to place the brackets perfectly by hand, which is why orthodontists need to adjust and move brackets throughout treatment or make manual adjustments to the wire. These types of adjustment visits add discomfort and additional time to treatment. Indirect bonding means shorter and more comfortable bonding appointments as well as superior, more efficient outcomes.

Digital, customized braces have revolutionized the field of orthodontics, offering precise, personalized treatment with enhanced comfort, aesthetics, and efficiency. The marriage of technology and orthodontics has paved the way for a new era in which patients can achieve their dream smiles more efficiently and comfortably than ever before. As an orthodontist, I am thrilled to embrace these advancements and provide my patients with the best possible care. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, I invite you to explore the world of digital, customized braces and experience the transformative benefits they offer. If you are interested in getting treatment utilizing Stride Custom Braces, please call our office, to schedule your free consultation! 

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