Space Age Brace Technology
After the last launch of a Space Shuttle by NASA in July 2011, the age of the Space Race between America and the world may be over and other countries are now looking to take the top spot of space exploration. Russia and China are at the forefront and even Europe is doing what they can to keep their dreams alive of exploring the great unknown. What can never be disputed though is that the technology which NASA scientists invented has enthralled people for generations and for one London dental practice this technology is due to make a significant impact.
Possessing the ability to bend metal that makes braces last longer than ever, “Elleven Orthodontics” in London’s Harley Street is the first dental practice to offer the technique, which has the ability to cut down on the time that people have to wear braces for. Led by Dr. Anthony Lam who is pioneering the procedure in the United Kingdom, he said the robots are able to bend metal in a way that provides 20% better accuracy.
“The patient comes in and we use a 3D scanner to take a picture of their teeth, without the need for awful moulds. The scans are sent to the US and Germany, where a virtual image in 3D of the patient’s mouth is created” said Dr. Lam.
Dr. Lam commented further: “Shape memory means the wire always goes back to its original shape, and delivers gentle forces on the teeth.”
After these braces are fitted and the wires are installed they cost on average 30 percent more than the price of traditional braces and patients only need to visit their dentist every eight to ten weeks.
The tell-tale signs are evident for this new technology to emerge as one of the most popular types of brace on the market.