Technology surrounding 3D-printing has continued to advance and evolve since it became popular years ago. So much so that now, even your braces can have 3D printed components! In fact, our Grand Rapids orthodontist offers exactly that to patients in the form of LightForce customized clear braces.
Here are 3 reasons that make LightForce clear braces appealing when choosing a form of orthodontic treatment.
To many, ceramic braces are known as the main option when it comes to “clear braces”. How then are LightForce customized clear braces any different? First off, ceramic braces lean more on the traditional side. This refers to how each component is produced and the amount of time needed for adjustments throughout treatment.
The use of 3D-printing technology also sets LightForce braces apart from the pack in that they are the world’s first digital planning and 3D-printing orthodontic system. How they are developed and adhered to a patient’s teeth makes them even more personalized than standard metal braces.
Thanks to digital planning, there also tends to be fewer visits to our Grand Rapids orthodontics office with LightForce braces. That’s less time spent in the chair and more time dedicated to delivering the results you set out to achieve!
LightForce clear braces and ceramic braces do share a material, however. Polycrystalline alumina is used for both types of treatment to give brackets a tooth-colored and subtle appearance.
Because traditional braces are not individually meant for your smile, regular tweaks are needed to keep your treatment on track. The LightForce system, with the help of computer technology, throws that concept out the window and custom creates braces that complement the size and shape of your teeth.
Over time, this still means checkup appointments, but less of them. The LightForce software allows Dr. Miller to more accurately predict the final positions of each tooth with the use of digital scans of your mouth, thus making treatment more convenient for you.
Unlike metal braces, LightForce braces are patient-specific and are certainly not one-size-fits-all. The 3D-printed brackets are not prefabricated and are made to order for every individual who wants them. This gives Dr. Miller added flexibility and control during the treatment process.
LightForce brackets can also be placed wherever they’re needed on each tooth which means the movements they make are better controlled. In other words, you’ll experience faster and more efficient treatment.
If you want the look of Invisalign® but aren’t interested in taking aligners out, LightForce clear braces are a great alternative. The brackets are made to match the shade of your natural enamel and blend in seamlessly with your smile. Wires can also be made in a less obvious color for a toned down look.
Invisalign clear aligners work for many, but not for all. That’s why we also offer clear braces at Miller Orthodontics. It’s the permanent staying power of traditional braces with the subtle appearance of nearly invisible aligners.
Our orthodontist in Grand Rapids, MI, understands that each patient in need of orthodontic treatment is unique. Because of this, we offer options such as LightForce customized clear braces. If you’re interested in learning more or getting started, call Miller Orthodontics at (616) 942-9320 to request an appointment.