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Orthodontics has been in doctors’ skillsets since ancient Greece. Even Aristotle considered theories for how to straighten teeth! An ancient Roman tomb once yielded an actual dental device intended to prevent tooth collapse, complete with instructions on its intended use.

Being such an old practice, the fact that orthodontics can create trending new technologies and treatments every year is a testament to its importance and longevity. In 2021, several emerging techniques have defined not only how patients are treated this year but how they will continue to be treated in the coming decade.

Here are the top 5 trends in orthodontics in 2021.

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Virtual Customization

With virtual reality and 3D imaging technology finally fit for consumer use, it should be no surprise that orthodontics has adopted these advancements for its patients’ convenience. Smile customization options are now more plentiful than ever. This is never more evident than in the case of new 3D development programs.

Software can now scan a patient’s face and digitally create an image of their post-treatment smile. No matter if it’s braces, veneers, a Herbst jaw appliance, or more. 3D imaging can help boost the confidence of patients who are scared or uncertain about their treatments.

Before investing in a lengthy and expensive treatment, patients can be educated and even calmed by seeing the results first-hand.

Metal Advancements

Braces have come a long way since the early days when kids with mouths full of metal were ridiculed for their condition. Today, braces are not only more affordable and effective, but they have also undergone major technology overhauls.

Chief among the advances are in metal-working: the nickel and copper-titanium wires of modern braces adapt to temperatures and bend naturally with a patient’s jaw. Even the brackets self-tighten today, providing more organic control over treatment progress and more effective results.

Those who have never had braces before may not realize how much lighter these metals are than those previously used in braces treatments. But they still reap the benefits!

Temporary Anchorage Devices

Temporary anchorage devices or TADs are well-known in their uses during oral surgery. They are tiny screws made of titanium that allow surgeons to control tooth and jaw movement during delicate procedures.

Today, TADs have far more applications due to how easy and painless they have become. Orthodontists can now use them more freely in even simple procedures such as braces treatments to prevent unwanted jaw movement and provide a better experience.

Invisalign Appliances

Invisalign appliances have been around for a while, providing patients with the opportunity to straighten their teeth with clear, unobtrusive acrylic appliances that can be taken out to eat, drink, or host a meeting.

Invisalign trays look like retainers, but they are plastic replacements for braces. Your orthodontist will replace them every 1 to 2 weeks during treatment so long as you wear the appliance for 22 hours per day. Advancements in medical-grade plastics have made Invisalign more affordable and available than ever, though they are still more expensive than conventional metal braces.

In 2021, these appliances are easier to apply, cheaper to obtain, and more effective to use than ever. Speak with your orthodontist about the viability of Invisalign treatment for your individual needs.

New Types of Braces

In addition to advances in metals, the structure of braces has come a long way in the past few years. The forceful, unsubtle ligatures and brackets that used to be a patient’s only options have given way to more effective, less painful, and better-looking braces options.

Self-litigating braces have been one such advancement, which allows braces to apply the proper pressure on a patient’s teeth without the use of cumbersome elastic bands. Additionally, braces made of less conventional materials like clear ceramic and colored metals give patients more options for comfort and customization than they ever had in the past.

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If you are considering orthodontic treatments for you or your child, you need professional advice on your treatment and payment options. For orthodontic treatments in Charleston, SC, Reese Orthodontics offers the latest technology and treatment plans. Our advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments can be customized to suit your needs. A consultation with Reese Orthodontics includes scans, a comprehensive exam, and a conversation with the orthodontist to discover which treatment options are right for you. 

Schedule an appointment with us today to stay ahead of your oral health and receive the best possible treatment in your area.

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If you want to learn more about our orthodontic practice - where we offer extensive experience with a Board Certified Orthodontist, where we offer a satisfaction guarantee, and where we offer flexible payment options - Reese Orthodontics is here to serve you.

"Dr. Reese and staff share an inviting personality with a clean and professional atmosphere. I am very happy with the service, the product and the final result. I would encourage any of my friends and family to consult with Dr. Reese around their Orthodontic needs."
- Austin H.
"It has been a great experience all around getting braces at Dr. Reese Orthodontics. It's a great office with wonderful and friendly staff. I am extremely happy with the results. Can't say enough good things about Dr. Reese and his staff. I highly recommend him!"
- Nicole S.
"Dr. Reese and his staff was referred to me by a friend, and I highly recommend them! They were friendly, professional, helpful and quick to respond. I could not be happier with the results of Invisalign. I wore them about 7 months and my teeth are as straight as can be. Thank you for the great care and results!"
- Dancy E.
"I chose the absolute perfect orthodontist to perfect my smile. Dr. Reese has a personality that calms you and removes the anxiety that may come with the process. Dr. Reese is a true artist. I am so excited with my new smile. Dr. Reese accomplished the goals I was looking for and I am forever grateful. Thank you Dr. Reese!!!"
- Melanie C.
"Just awesome! Dr. Reese is the one to go to. He knows what he's doing and is great at what he does. Makes you feel like family every time you go visit. I can't get over how great my smile looks now. Definitely recommended."
- Harsha P.
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Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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Dr. Reese McElveen, our award-winning orthodontist in Charleston, South Carolina has transformed the smiles of over 11,000 patients. Reese Orthodontics offers the most advanced orthodontic care for children and adults. Types of braces and orthodontic treatment include metal braces, clear braces, gold braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, Damon Braces, SureSmile. Dr. Reese can even help you achieve your confident smile faster with AcceleDent.

Call 843.573.7279 today to schedule your appointment with our board certified orthodontist in Charleston, SC, at our conveniently located Charleston orthodontic office. Come experience Reese Orthodontics and you will see for yourself that we offer innovative and effective orthodontic care in Charleston, Downtown Charleston, West Ashley, James Island, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Johns Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan and Ladson, South Carolina (SC).