While steps have been taken to straighten teeth for hundreds of years, the biggest steps forward have come in the last few years. Dentists had known for many years that removable plastic appliances could move teeth. Some even made simple plastic “aligner trays” for minor adjustments. But a major step forward was the invention of Invisalign.

This was the brainchild of Zia Chishti and Kelsey Wirth, graduate students in Stanford University’s MBA program. Wirth had traditional braces in high school and Chishti had adult treatment with traditional braces and now wore a clear plastic retainer.

Chishti noticed that if he didn’t wear his retainer for a few days, his teeth shifted slightly – but that the plastic retainer soon moved his teeth back to the desired position.

In 1997, using 3-D computer imaging graphics, they created the Invisalign method. The dental profession – perhaps understandably – was initially skeptical because of their lack of professional dental training.

But, when Invisalign braces became available to the public in 2000, they proved extremely popular with patients. Technology continues to push forward the science of orthodontics and techniques such as digital computer imaging are being used to make orthodontic treatment more precise.

For example, one system takes a detailed 3-D model of a patient’s teeth to help the orthodontist develop a precise treatment plan for tooth movement.

As companies develop more precise, high-tech materials and methods, orthodontic treatment will become easier, faster and more comfortable.

Contact your Orthodontist Clackamas OR quickly and they will help you take actions to make improvements.

Definitions of Orthodontic Terms

 

Here are definitions of some of the most common orthodontic terms.

Impressions: A mold of your teeth which is used to make a model of them

Panoramic x-ray: An x-ray made by a machine that rotates around your head to give a full picture of your teeth and jaws

Closed bite: Where the upper teeth cover the lower teeth on biting down

Crossbite: Where some upper teeth are inside the lower teeth on biting down

Crowding: Too many teeth in too small a space

Fixed Appliance: Cemented or bonded to the teeth

Lingual Appliances: Fixed to the inside of the teeth

Malocclusion: Poor positioning of your teeth

Class I: Bite is fine as top teeth line up with bottom teeth but teeth are crooked or crowded

Class II: Upper teeth stick out past lower teeth (also called an “overbite”)

Class III: Lower teeth stick out past upper teeth (also called an “underbite”)

Occlusion: The alignment and spacing of upper and lower teeth on biting down

Open Bite: Teeth do not close or come together in the front of your mouth

Proper Occlusion: All teeth are straight and top teeth line up with bottom teeth

Wax Bite: Bitemark left on wax to measure how well teeth are aligned

Contact your Orthodontist Clackamas OR quickly and they will help you take actions to make improvements.

Contact your Orthodontist Clackamas OR quickly and they will help you take actions to make improvements.



Source by Richard Sutter

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