Digital technology in orthodontics

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17th February 2015

Brackets and wires are conducive to being operated by software, which explains why orthodontics is perhaps the dental specialty which has seen the most digital advances. Orthodontics for adults is now about systems. When I was at the start of my career, CAD CAM systems were already being explored. Invisalign was new on the scene and obviated brackets and wires altogether. More recently, Invisalign has made it possible to plan treatment without the use of messy impression taking. Patients much prefer a 3D scanner to alginate in moulds.

Why I like suresmile
Today there are many different systems with differing approaches but creating individualised prescriptions. On the one hand, there are technologies based on using computer software to get the brackets in exactly the right place for optimum traction. I now regularly use Suresmile and it’s the wires, prefabricated by robots, which achieve the movement. The realignment of the teeth has been planned by the orthodontist who uses 3D scanners to plan the prescription and then places the brackets directly.

Fully in control
We have much more control now and can move the teeth around on a screen before the treatment is translated into reality. The reason I like Suresmile is that it foresees the issues which might occur, allowing me to make adjustments in the treatment planning and reach my end goal more quickly. It’s impossible to forget that although it’s governed by a system, I am still master of the system.

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