Technological advances in nontraditional orthodontics

Dent Clin North Am. 2011 Jul;55(3):571-84, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2011.02.012.


New technological advances have helped the orthodontic profession progress in traditional and surgical methods of treatment. The profession has seen transitions from traditional braces to self-ligating brackets, lingual braces, removable aligners, and more advanced technology, which have helped to address concerns that include but are not limited to better diagnostics, anchorage control, length of treatment, and esthetics. An increase in the number of adult patients seeking orthodontic treatment and the need for a timely efficient care will continue to drive technology and the use of cone beam computed tomography, miniscrews, piezocision, distraction osteogenesis, and bioengineering.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bioengineering / trends
  • Bone Screws / trends
  • Cone-Beam Computed Tomography / trends
  • Esthetics, Dental
  • Humans
  • Orthodontic Anchorage Procedures / instrumentation
  • Orthodontic Anchorage Procedures / trends
  • Orthodontic Appliance Design / trends
  • Orthodontic Appliances, Removable / trends
  • Orthodontic Brackets / trends
  • Orthodontics, Corrective / trends*
  • Osteogenesis, Distraction / trends
  • Technology, Dental / trends*
  • Time Factors