RICHARDSON, Texas, June 13, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Say good-bye to metal mouth, tin grin and brace face! Now there is a way to that beautiful smile and straight teeth...on the sly. Called lingual braces and recently featured on WGN Medical Watch the brackets and wires are placed behind the teeth, hidden and unnoticeable to anyone but you and your orthodontist. While the concept of lingual is not totally new, orthodontists have avoided offering them because of the technical difficulty in executing 'behind teeth' braces. Now, with SureSmile, an orthodontic treatment system and technology, robotically-bent wires fit right into the brackets on the backside of the teeth. The bending and adjusting of the wires is removed from the process making it a better experience for both orthodontist and patient. SureSmile, which combines digital scanning, 3D treatment software and robotics, also helps orthodontists treat their patients in significantly less time, sometimes as much as eight months sooner than traditional treatment.
Derek Ruth, 27, a pharmaceutical sales representative in St. Louis, MO. says, "Lingual braces changed my life and in my opinion the only way to get braces as an adult". Ruth damaged his roots as a child in a fall and had TMJ, but never had braces as a child. "Appearance is very important in my job. I wanted to fix my smile and bite as an adult, but did not want to look like an 16 year old going to prom". When he heard about lingual from his orthodontist Dr. Brent Bankhead, he immediately decided to move forward with the braces. Ruth says he loves playing games with people tricking them about braces. "People can't believe I am wearing braces".
Orthodontist Dr. John Dumas of Birmingham, MI. says he is seeing more professional women in their 30's, 40's and 50's than ever before now that invisible braces are an option. "We're getting several calls a week from middle aged professional women interested in lingual braces. Most have wanted to straighten their teeth for years but never felt comfortable with the idea of braces and the stigma that goes along with it."
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 1 out of every 5 patients is an adult (18+), up nearly 60% from just 10 years ago, and that trend continues to grow as adults hold on to their own teeth longer and technology in orthodontics continues to grow.
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