Orthodontic treatment has undergone remarkable changes in recent years, thanks to advances in technology. The transition from standardized treatment approaches to individualized orthodontic plans has significantly improved outcomes and patient satisfaction. Orthodontic treatment was performed for many years with fixed orthodontic appliances, such as metal braces, to align teeth and correct additional issues. However, the “one size fits all” approach often posed challenges in addressing the individualized needs of each patient. Technological innovations have brought about a profound change, enabling orthodontists to create customized treatment plans that take into account individualized patient factors, leading to improved treatment outcomes.

The most modern device, which is based on the developments of technology, is the invisible aligners, which are used in Invisalign treatment. Treatment with this method is carried out by the application by the patient of a series of invisible aligners that are manufactured after taking high-precision digital measurements. Invisalign invisible aligners are custom made to perfectly fit each patient’s teeth, which are gradually moved until they align and take their final position.

Technological innovations in orthodontic treatment: Digital impression

One of the cornerstones of personalized orthodontic treatment is the use of digital impressions and advanced imaging techniques. Traditional impressions involving uncomfortable impression trays and impression materials have been replaced by digital scanners that create accurate 3D models of the patient’s dentures. This accurate representation allows orthodontists to better visualize each patient’s case and plan a completely personalized treatment. In fact, the Invisalign Orthodontist in Athens Dr. Angeliki Nikolopoulou has in her practice the iTero Element Intraoral Scanner, which incorporates the convenience and accuracy of equipment of latest technology. This intraoral scanner allows each patient to see before even starting their orthodontic treatment a draft of the final result through the treatment stimulator application. Through this machine, the digital impression of the patient’s mouth is sent from the computer to the corresponding laboratory, which allows the immediate start of the manufacture of Invisalign braces, or other orthodontic devices.

Virtual treatment planning

Virtual treatment planning platforms have emerged as powerful tools for customizing orthodontic care. Orthodontists can essentially manipulate tooth movement, experimenting with different treatment strategies before settling on the optimal treatment plan. This not only reduces treatment time but also enhances the accuracy of tooth alignment, resulting in more impressive results.

Technological innovations in orthodontic treatment: Incorporation of 3D printing

3D printing technology has revolutionized various industries and orthodontics is no exception. Orthodontists can now produce customized orthodontic appliances, such as braces and retainers, using 3D printed models for the patient. This level of customization improves the fit and comfort of these devices, ultimately contributing to improved results.

The integration of technology into orthodontic treatment has paved the way for a new, personalized approach. Customized treatment plans have revolutionized both the field of orthodontics itself and the level of patient satisfaction and convenience. In fact, the shift towards personalized orthodontic treatment prioritizes patient comfort and satisfaction. Individualized treatment plans are tailored to patients’ preferences, lifestyle and goals, which greatly facilitates treatment adherence.