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3 Ways That Modern Braces Differ From Those Of Old

Maybe you grew up missing out on a mouth full of metal and now, when you look at your smile, perhaps you’re wishing that your parents had insisted that you wear a brace. The good news is that you’re never too old to wear a brace. As a dentist in North Harrow we’ve seen the number of adults seeking braces rise rapidly over the past few years and this is due in part to several changes in orthodontic treatment.

orthodontist in North HarrowToday, an orthodontist in North Harrow can offer their patients ways of correcting and straightening their teeth which are more efficient and comfortable than they ever were before. Thanks to modern materials and computer technology, patients don’t as a rule have to visit the dental clinic quite so often which means less time away from school for younger patients and less time away from the office for adults. Let’s take a look at 3 ways that braces have changed for the better.

  • Modern metal technology

Inspired by NASA’s innovative technologies, heat responsive nickel-titanium alloy wires are often used in braces. These wires react to mouth temperature and as a result constantly apply gentle pressure to the teeth. Compare this to the braces of a generation ago when frequent visits to the dentist would be necessary to tighten the wires as they stretched, making the brace feel increasingly uncomfortable as a result. Today’s wires are also more durable which means less visits to the orthodontist.

  • Improved planning

Thanks to the use of state-of-the-art technology, CAT scans and computer imagery not only allow for easier diagnosis but also lets your orthodontist in North Harrow plan your treatment meticulously at every stage. 3D mock-ups of the mouth even allow a patient to see what their proposed smile will look like and to change any aspect that they’re not happy with.

  • More options

Improved technology, research, and patient demand means that today’s patients benefit from a wide range of choices: clear braces, tooth coloured braces, invisible braces, braces that go behind the teeth, braces with wires, braces without wires, fixed braces, removable braces, and brightly coloured braces. Patients can let everyone know that they’re undergoing orthodontic treatment or keep it quietly to themselves.

If your smile needs a helping hand then the first step is to consult an orthodontist in North Harrow. This is a dental specialist with an additional 2-3 years of training following on from dental school. With so many types of braces to choose from, there’s an option for everyone. Call Imperial Dental Care today on 020 8427 2264 or make an appointment via our website at Our skilled orthodontists can help you get a beautiful smile for life.

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