3D-printed braces... wait, what?!



There’s new technology in braces: until recently, traditional brackets used in braces have been one-size-fits-all. With 3D printing, brackets can now be custom-made to the unique shape of each tooth. It’s called LightForce, and their company motto is “one size fits one.”


Moving teeth with braces is about force over time: the brackets and wire pull the teeth (albeit very slowly) to where they need to be. With custom-printed brackets adhering to each tooth’s unique contours, the straightening accuracy is improved. That means greater comfort and less office visits for adjustments.


With LightForce, we start with a free consultation to determine eligibility. We do a 3D scan of the patient’s teeth, and then the brackets are printed out of ceramic-type material called poly- crystalline alumina, in your choice of white or clear. They are applied to teeth the same way as traditional braces.


Custom-printed brackets are the same cost as traditional braces as well as clear aligners. Aligner-tyle straightening is wonderful, but they aren’t always a good fit for each patient.


Parents who opt for LightForce braces are looking for less office visits and increased comfort for their child, while getting the same great results from braces.


 

This smile is brought to you by:

Wade L. Haslam, DMD, PC

2657 NW Rolling Green Drive Corvallis | 541.757.2440 valleyvieworthodontics.com