The ancient history of dental braces
09 Dec 19
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Dentistry is a field constantly developing to best suit patient needs. Through digital advancements, bio-printing, and innovative prevention techniques the future of dentistry is continuously evolving.
In the USA the ongoing development of diagnostic tools will soon allow patients to avoid exposure to harmful radiation from X-rays. The invention of an electric toothbrush sized scanner which uses lasers to scan teeth in three seconds and the “S-Ray” ultrasonic 3D mapping probe both provide a cheaper and safer way to detect cracks, damage, and disease.
As new advancements begin to replace traditional analogue technology, so does the dental interest in 3D and bio-printing techniques. In the USA, researchers have successfully printed and built a jawbone from human cells, which could lead to new possibilities for people diagnosed with oral cancers, whilst a research team from the Netherlands are at the forefront of developing 3D printed teeth containing chemicals that could help to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health.
Whilst the importance of brushing your teeth is at the core of modern-day oral hygiene, innovations focused on the prevention of diseases, bad breath and cavities are going one step further. Many toothbrush manufacturers are now marketing brushes with timers that sync to your phone via an app, cameras, and sensors that track and warn users which areas aren’t being brushed too hard or not enough.
With all the advancements being made in dental care, the future of dentistry looks very different from the practice of today.
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