Approximately one million adults currently wear dental braces. Learn about a new, customizable solution that can help give patients a perfect smile!
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Ire: I'm very self-conscious about my teeth especially this one right here. I've always had cricket teeth and the bad of the bite. I just never had done anything to fix it. I'm sick of hiding behind my hand when I want to smile. Is it too late to get my teeth fixed? Dr. Travis Stork: Did you know one million adults they're wearing braces as we speak? So the answer is no, Ire. And in fact it's never too late to straighten your teeth no matter who you are. We sent Ire to see orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tracey for consultation and give a little preview, do you not for Ire? Dr. Stephen Tracey: Well, I do. Dr. Travis Stork: What are you working on? Dr. Stephen Tracey: I do have a preview. We're going to show her what her teeth look like when we're all done. But before we do we should probably tell you how it's going to work. Ire: Okay. Dr. Stephen Tracey: We're really excited, we're going to use a new technology called Insignia, and it's different from standard braces in the fact that we're going to customize the treatment for you specifically, each and every brace will be custom-designed for your teeth, for your face and so forth. And so what it's going to allow us to do is treat her more quickly, more comfortably and more conveniently than we could have done with standard orthodontistry. Dr. Travis Stork: And you got some cool technology to make this happen? Dr. Stephen Tracey: I do. So when we saw Ire of course, I immediately realized that she'd be perfect for Insignia. And we went through and did a thorough clinical examination. We also collected some very specific records that we would need to customize her treatment. And then one of the most important key is the taking of some impressions. So we took some very precise impressions of our teeth and we use that to create virtual models of her teeth that we're going to manipulate in the computer. So when we take this impression, when it first comes into the system, it's a single object. And so a combination of human operators and a complex prerogatives, we separate each and every tooth on that model into an individual objects so that we can manipulate it. And so when we look at the virtual model, this is how your teeth look now but this is how we project that we want them to look when we're done. And so we looked at this in virtual reality, it's a three dimensional model and again we can manipulate each and every tooth in any direction we want to create a more ideal occlusion. Once we have determined that we're happy with that the computer virtually creates braces that will produce those movements. Dr. Travis Stork: Really. Dr. Stephen Tracey: So each and every tooth has its own special brace. There's no two braces exactly like they're snowflakes or fingerprints. But they're custom-designed for Ire so that we can treat her more quickly with your adjustments. We also custom-designed the arch wires to get the shape of the smile and those are brought to the mouth with a special positioning system that allows us to position it perfectly on her teeth. Dr. Travis Stork: So how long are we talking here for Ire? Dr. Stephen Tracey: Well, with standard orthodontics I'd probably tell her somewhere between 12 and 14 months but with this new Insignia system I believe that we can knock at least 25% off that. So maybe we'll get her back here in maybe nine months or so. Dr. Travis Stork: And with this technology can we actually look at the before and after? Dr. Stephen Tracey: I think we should. Take a look. Dr. Travis Stork: Wow. Dr. Stephen Tracey: So there's your teeth before. Dr. Travis Stork: And you see that one teeth that you're talking about? Ire: Right here. Dr. Travis Stork: It looks pretty good there, doesn’t it? Ire: My God, it looks awesome. Dr. Travis Stork: So would it be fair to say you like that new virtual smile? Ire: I love it. Dr. Travis Stork: Would it be worth the time? Ire: Yeah, it would. If it can be done, I would love to have that. Dr. Stephen Tracey: Well, absolutel