We live in a very fast-paced, ever-changing world. In recent years, we’ve experienced more than a decade’s worth of innovation than in the last fifty years combined. Technology advances at such a rapid pace that it’s often hard to keep up. However, those changes- especially the ones that benefit human health- are always exciting to see.
Medicine itself has experienced rapid growth in the century since its advent. With more and more advanced research, we are reaching discoveries once thought impossible and advancing human healthcare little by little, but in big ways.
Alongside medical advances come dental advances as well: changes in filling material, advances in x-ray technology, computer-assisted design in dental procedures, and the development of veneers. Recent beneficial changes to dental care have brought caring for our teeth into the future, but what of the even further future? The 21st century is not even a quarter done, and we have already gone this far into making strides in improving medical and dental health.
Existing Advances in Dental Health
New technologies in dental health have made our experiences in caring for and preserving our teeth for the long run exist in the procedures we might be taking for granted.
One of those improved technologies is humble x-ray. The practice of digitized x-rays, as if taken with a digital camera, are slowly pushing out the traditional radiograph. Despite the fact that x-rays have been around for years, only now are dentists starting to consider them as an alternative to radiographs, because they are faster and more efficient at detecting irregularities in your teeth, like cavities and even to check if root canals and similar procedures have been done correctly. Because of the digitized nature of the process, your exposure to radiation is also reduced significantly.
Another procedure that has been changed in recent years is the improvement of the veneer: a thin, custom fit mold or shell covering that is used to envelop any irregular teeth, like crooked or broken teeth. Previous versions of veneers were not as thin as the types used today, which allow dentists to preserve more of your original teeth. Thinner, more durable veneer materials mean that it can be made with less material, but be just as strong. When your teeth are then prepared for the veneer itself, reshaped and made to fit the mold, you will only experience minimal reshaping, and more of your teeth can be left intact.
Finally, the technology in bracers has definitely evolved. That evolution has brought us to advancements like Aline Aligners: BPA-free, clear, plastic braces that are much more comfortable than traditional metal braces and retainers and for a much smaller cost. Plastic, invisible braces have been around for a while, but Aline Aligners takes that existing technology and improves it by being more comfortable, more wearable for long periods of time, as well as being more affordable than other kinds of invisible braces. Being lightweight and compact, Aline Aligners are the future of dental health, available for you today.