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Changes in Orthodontics Over the Last 20 Years

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Changes in Orthodontics Over the Last 20 Years

The field of orthodontics has consistently evolved over the years. If you were in orthodontic treatment 20 years or so ago you may remember how bulky and uncomfortable braces were but equipment and technology has come a long way since then. At Leiss & Hendrix Orthodontics we are dedicated to continuing education and investing in the latest orthodontic technology to enhance your orthodontic experience. We are thrilled to offer our patients a more efficient and effective treatment than ever before. 

Digital X-rays 

● Allows for improved treatment planning 

● Provides a clear picture of your teeth and jaws 

● Create a digital 3D model of patients mouth for Invisalign treatment 

● Allows us to see results at every stage of treatment 

● Ability to specify the exact movement of individual teeth to ensure a perfect fit


● Traditional metal braces are much smaller and lighter 

● They are less likely to cause abrasions to cheeks and gums 

● Self-ligating braces do not require ties or ligatures 

● Use of slide mechanism and memory wires 

● Adjustments are not needed as frequently

Quicker Results 

● Technology allows for individualized plans replacing a one-size-fits-all approach

● Arch wires developed by NASA are made from innovative, heat-activated materials

● Wires gradually apply pressure allowing teeth to move between adjustments

● Self-ligating braces are held in place with sliding doors allowing for even faster treatment

● Special software allows for precise treatment and predictability with Invisalign 

Attractive Treatment Options 

● Metal braces are more aesthetically pleasing with smaller brackets and thinner wires

● Colorful elastics allow patients to have fun and show their personality

● Self-ligating braces are even smaller and are available in metal or clear

● Clear ceramic braces are durable and translucent blending with teeth

● Lingual braces can be placed on the tongue side of the teeth for complete invisibility

● Invisalign aligners are smooth and clear making them nearly invisible 

Ease in Care 

● Smaller brackets and thinner wires make for easier care and cleaning

● Self-ligating braces do not have elastics making brushing and flossing easier

Invisalign has removable aligners that are removed when eating, brushing and flossing 

With the advances in orthodontics over the years, there is a type of treatment for everyone. 

To take advantage of all that orthodontics has to offer, call Leiss & Hendrix Orthodontics to schedule your free consultation. We will assist you in making a decision that is right for you and your lifestyle giving you a new, beautiful smile to last a lifetime!