We’re always looking ahead. What will cars look like in the future? Our homes? Our clothing? The unknown can be fascinating and it can be fun to hypothesize what we can expect years from now. The field of orthodontics is no exception, as we’ve seen quite the evolution of products designed to straighten teeth throughout the years. So, what can we expect for the future of braces and of orthodontics?
3D Printing in Orthodontics
With the invention of 3D printing, you may expect to see more orthodontic products being constructed this way. Clear aligners have been taking the industry by storm lately, so it’s a common thought that this form of treatment may be made utilizing 3D printing methods, gaining an even bigger edge over traditional braces. As technology advances, orthodontists can obtain more accurate 3D models, thus being able to actually print a product that fits properly to the teeth and is custom-designed for that patient’s unique situation.
More Tele-Orthodontics Options
You can’t replace seeing an orthodontist at the office, no matter what some at-home treatment companies try to say. However, having access to your orthodontist when you’re not able to come into the office may be a major milestone in the future. You may have already heard of telemedicine, and orthodontists may jump on that idea to better serve their patients. With tele-orthodontics, patients could be able to:
- Discuss treatment options
- Ask questions
- Learn about products
- Voice concerns about treatment
Being able to connect with your orthodontist via video chat for certain issues can help alleviate the hassle of scheduling a time to see them. Keep in mind, though, that tele-orthodontics should not replace seeing your orthodontist for adjustments, evaluations, and consultations. This may just serve as an added service that more orthodontists may be able to provide in the future.
The Future of Braces and Orthodontics
What sorts of amazing advances can we expect in the future? It’s hard to tell, but one thing is certain…orthodontists will continue to make patients their top priority, helping them to achieve spectacular smiles that will last a lifetime. The advances we’ve already seen with the number of treatment options available is exciting and we’re looking forward to a bright future in the field of orthodontics.
The team at Charleston Orthodontic Specialists is ready to help you get started on your treatment plan! Call (843) 4-BRACES to learn more.