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Orthodontic Technology

An essential part of providing effective orthodontic therapy is making use of the latest technological advancements. Our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Brienne Roloff, carefully plans and implements orthodontic treatments based on systems that have proven to offer the best possible outcomes. Whether a patient needs a straightforward or a more complex therapy, Dr. Roloff works closely with them to determine the best course of treatment that will contribute to their total well-being.

From digital X-rays and impression-free scanning, to accelerated orthodontics and surgical treatments, Dr. Roloff strives to help patients by providing efficient, convenient, and comfortable care. To learn about the advanced technology our team uses to provide high-quality orthodontics, visit the sections below.

Digital X-Rays

Panoramic X-rays capture the entire mouth in one detailed image, including the teeth, jaws, and surrounding structures. This 2D image provides a thorough look at a patient’s teeth positioning and bite alignment, helping Dr. Roloff plan the details of their orthodontic treatment. Cephalometric X-rays are another type of 2D image often taken for planning and monitoring orthodontic treatment by providing a side view of the teeth and upper and lower jaws. Both panoramic and cephalometric X-rays are captured digitally in our office, which significantly lowers radiation exposure compared to traditional film X-ray systems. In addition to the enhanced safety of our digital imaging technology, the results of each process are available almost immediately on our monitors, creating more efficient office visits.

Digital Scanning

With a digital scanner, Dr. Roloff is able to efficiently create a 3D image of your teeth and surrounding oral structures within minutes, taking a variety of measurements that will contribute to the intricate planning of orthodontic treatment. This digital scanning process creates a modern, more comfortable way to capture a high-resolution, interactive image of the teeth.  Patients can even view simulations to better understand the treatment they need and see their new smile before they start. In addition, the accuracy and precision of the digital scanning technology helps Dr. Roloff create more predictable treatment outcomes.

Cone Beam CT (3D X-Rays)

Cone-Beam-CT-ImagingCone Beam CT (CBCT) technology allows for more in-depth diagnoses and strategic orthodontic planning. This system takes 3D X-rays of the bony structures of a patient’s mouth and skeletal structures, which aids Dr. Roloff as she determines the extent of a patient’s orthodontic needs. This CBCT technology is an especially valuable tool as Dr. Roloff plans complex therapies, such as with surgical orthodontics. The comprehensive view of a patient’s mouth ensures the utmost accuracy with more extensive treatment.

Accelerated Orthodontic Appliances and Treatments

Accelerated appliances and procedures can help some patients expedite their orthodontic treatment process for faster results. Although not appropriate for all orthodontic patients, Dr. Roloff may recommend the use of vibrational technology to supplement a patient’s normal teeth straightening system, such as traditional braces or Invisalign®. These appliances can help the tooth movement be more predictable and accurate, reducing treatment time. Dr. Roloff also can discuss other procedures, such as microperforations and surgically facilitated orthodontic therapy. By activating the bone surrounding the teeth, these treatments enhance the biological process, speeding up alignment and allowing for more complex tooth movements.    

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) and Skeletal Anchorage Plates

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small, titanium screws that are used in conjunction with braces, Invisalign, and other orthodontic appliances to enhance their effectiveness. The screws are carefully placed through the gum tissue and bone, acting as an anchor to help shift the teeth into their proper position. Placement of TADs is a quick procedure with minimal discomfort and after 24 hours, should feel like a normal part of the mouth. Once the orthodontic treatment is complete, or when the TADs are no longer needed, the screws are removed in another short procedure. Dr. Roloff also uses skeletal anchorage to modify the shape of the jaws and positions of the teeth to help avoid the need for more invasive treatments, such as orthognathic surgery.

Digital Treatment Planning & Smile Design

To help patients with simple orthodontic needs understand what they can expect from their treatment, Dr. Roloff uses the Itero® scanner to provide a quick computer simulation of how their treatment might look. For more complex cases, she can create a 3D model showing outcomes for different treatment options. If the patient is considering alteration of their smile with restorations (e.g., dental crowns and porcelain veneers), dental implants, or gum surgeries), Dr. Roloff can even create a mock-up of what their teeth should look like after treatment. The use of this Digital Smile Design software helps improve doctor-patient communication, even allowing patients to participate in the planning of their orthodontic treatment. Through this collaborative process, patients tend to be more confident in their therapy and overall more satisfied with their results.