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3D scanning improves comfort of braces

Orthdontic braces
A private orthodontic clinic in London is offering a bespoke solution for patients concerned about the discomfort and time-consuming nature of traditional braces.

The i-Cat Cone Beam 3D Imaging System allows three-dimensional models to be taken of the skull and teeth so that the dental surgeon gets a good view of the patient's anatomy.

Images can be taken in around 20 seconds and use much lower levels of radiation than traditional scans.

Braces can then be made up using a tray - similar to those used for tooth whitening - rather than having to use individual brackets.

Dr Asif Chatoo, dentist and co-founder of the London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic, revealed: "The cutting-edge technology enables us to get a 3D image of the patient's teeth, spot any problem areas and create braces that are a perfect fit every time."

Dr Chatoo also noted that the braces are placed behind the patient's teeth, allowing them to see their teeth getting straighter.

"This reassures them that as time goes by they will get the perfect smile they are after without the aesthetic compromise - ie 'train-track' look - associated with conventional orthodontic treatment," he added.

The London Lingual Orthodontic Centre is dedicated to lingual orthodontics, in which the brace is attached to the inner surface of the tooth where it cannot be seen. 

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Dentistry news update: 13/03/2009