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    See SureSmile Technology Firsthand

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Orthodontic technology has made a great deal of progress over the years. One incredible new advancement is SureSmile, a computer program that allows your orthodontist to have a more precise, three-dimensional image of your mouth. To see SureSmile in action, watch this video.

    SureSmile software shows your orthodontist a three-dimensional image of your teeth. He can then use the program to position each tooth where it should be. Instead of requiring frequent adjustments of the archwire that your orthodontist must perform by hand, robots bend the wire in exactly the right shape. Results are impressive, and the braces only need to be on the patient for as little as half the time.

    For more information on SureSmile and other revolutionary orthodontic technology, call Orthodontic Associates at (443) 341-4948 or visit our website. Our caring and experienced staff of orthodontists will help you achieve your best smile.

    Adult Braces: Why You Should Consider Orthodontic Treatment

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you’ve ever considered orthodontic treatment but thought braces were only for teenagers, think again. Many adults seek orthodontic treatment for a number of reasons, and having braces is not something to be ashamed of. Here are a few reasons to consider orthodontic treatment as an adult.

    1. Options: In the past, metal braces were one of the only options for fixing crooked teeth. They were a source of embarrassment and discomfort. Now, there are a variety of less obvious orthodontic treatments so that you can get the treatment you want without feeling self-conscious. For example, Incognito braces are applied behind the teeth so that they are relatively invisible. Invisalign also offers clear aligners for patients worried about having “metal mouth.” This range of treatment options lets you live your normal life without worrying about how you are perceived.

    2. Professionalism: Personal appearance can affect how people interact with you on a social and professional level. Many adults feel that orthodontic treatments allow them to appear more professional, and the confidence you’ll feel with a healthy smile will go a long way.

    3. Dental Health: Though some of the reasons people undergo orthodontic treatment are strictly cosmetic, there are also health benefits to having straighter teeth. If you have teeth that are misaligned or overlapping, there is a greater chance of plaque buildup. Plaque and tartar can lead to cavities and periodontal disease, so it’s best to speak with your dentist and orthodontist to see if orthodontic treatment could benefit your oral health.

    At Orthodontic Associates, we have extensive experience in helping people of all ages with their orthodontic health. If you’re in the Baltimore area, don’t hesitate to call us at (443) 341-4948 to learn about braces and orthodontic treatment. 

    If You're Looking for Orthodontic Treatment in Baltimore, Visit These Sites for More Information

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Have you enjoyed our recent blog aricles on orthodontic treatment, proper dental care, and the cost of braces? If so, check out the links below! If you are looking for a quality orthodontist in the Baltimore area contact Orthodontic Associates at (443) 341-4948. We believe successful orthodontics is patient-focused and based on leading-edge treatment in a warm and friendly environment.

    •   If you’re an adult considering braces, Arch Wire breaks down twelve things you need to know before you get braces.

    •   Proper brushing is crucial while you’re wearing braces! Crest Pro-Health has tips to make sure you’re brushing the right way.

    •   Calcium can keep your teeth strong. The National Institute of Health explains calcium’s role in oral and overall health.

    •   What are the best foods to eat for your oral health? Dental Heroes picks the top ten foods you can eat to keep your teeth strong.

    •   The New York Times offers advice on managing the cost of braces.

    What Makes SureSmile Braces Different?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Patients and orthodontists have a number of options available to them these days when they select braces. From standard metal braces to invisible liners and lingual braces, treatment options abound. All braces are designed to straighten teeth and close gaps, but SureSmile braces stand out from the pack. Using 3-D technology, SureSmile braces can reduce the time you need to wear your braces by as much as 30%. Here’s what makes SureSmile so unique:

     

    Precise Models
    Usually, an orthodontist designs braces by making a plaster model of your mouth and using 2-D x-rays of your teeth. They then bend wires by hand to fit your braces. These wires needs to be re-adjusted often over the course of your treatment, which means you need to make frequent visits to your orthodontist.

    With SureSmile braces, your orthodontist scans your teeth with SureSmile imaging software and generates a 3-D model of your mouth. The 3-D image allows your orthodontist to get a better picture of your precise tooth placement. Using that information, they write a prescription for your wires, which are then bent to their specifications by a robot. Because of the precise nature of the wire shaping, your orthodontist won’t need to make such frequent re-adjustments, reducing your treatment time. 

    Early Treatment Plans
    Using 2-D images, your orthodontist can’t determine the final placement of your teeth. He or she has to continually evaluate your process and make adjustments based on how your teeth are moving during treatment. With SureSmile’s 3-D technology, your orthodontist can make a complete treatment plan at the time they put on your braces. That means that they can achieve more precise results, and you know up front what to expect.

    Better Pain Control
    Wire adjustment can make teeth and gums tender. Since these adjustments happen much less frequently with SureSmile, patients report less pain with treatment than those wearing traditional braces.

    Baltimore’s Orthodontic Associates can help you decide if SureSmile braces are right for you. Call us today at (443) 341-4948 to set up an appointment and explore your braces options. We also offer Invisalign, lingual braces, and standard braces, so we’re sure to have the right braces for you!

    Braces for Adults

    Last updated 2 years ago

    If you think braces are for kids, think again. The number of adults that are opting for orthodontic help to enhance their smile has soared in recent years, thanks in part to new varieties o braces. With invisible braces and liners, adults are getting a second chance at correcting their tooth spacing issues.

    In this video, learn about the options that are available to adults who want braces without having to deal with the standard metal design. The video describes clear removable liners and lingual braces located on the back of the teeth. You will also hear from an adult who is going through treatment with invisible braces.

    Baltimore’s Orthodontic Associates can help you find the right braces for you! We offer invisible braces like Invisalign and Incognito, as well as tooth-colored braces, lingual braces, and standard metal braces. Call our Baltimore orthodontics office at (443) 341-4948 today to set up an appointment!

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