Advances in Orthodontic Treatment

Andrew Forrest,

D.M.D., M.S.


1500 N Federal Hwy.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

(954) 715-1000

Modern orthodontic treatment has improved in many exciting ways over the last 10 years! Braces now have a more appealing appearance, and can even be hidden from view entirely. The best part is that orthodontic treatment has become more affordable! Similar advances have improved the performance of braces as well, which often means less physical pressure, less discomfort, and shorter treatment times. Consumers ultimately have more options and flexibility in their treatment – leading to a more pleasant and satisfying treatment experience.

Better Looking – Braces of the past were almost always developed with the same material – stainless steel – and attached the front surfaces of the teeth. Now, you have options such as crystal or ceramic braces, which use tooth-colored brackets that look more natural. You may also have braces applied to the back of the teeth, known today as lingual braces. They are completely hidden!

Better Performance and Less Pain – While the appearance of braces has improved, there are other enhancements that are not as well known. It used to be that braces’ brackets and arch wires were always made of stainless steel. However, a drawback of stainless steel arch wires is they stretch and wear out, requiring the orthodontist to replace the wires more frequently. Today’s orthodontists now use titanium-nickel-copper arch wires, that apply pressure to the brackets and move the teeth through natural body heat. Pretty cool technology! Now, the pressure on the teeth is more moderate, which means less pain during treatment and during adjustment.

Dr. Forrest is the Clinical Director of 1500 DENTAL. For more than 15 years, Dr. Forrest has been one of Florida’s leading dentists treating some of the most challenging cases. Using a multi-specialist approach, his practice is comprised of a team of doctors that include five advanced trained dentists who focus on orthodontics, general, cosmetic, periodontic, and implant dentistry.

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