New 3D printed braces could cut down the time needed for orthodontic work, the Daily Mail has reported. The new product is said to have lights and a battery fitted onto each tooth. Now, this may sound like a strange idea, however, it is thought that light therapy can enhance and speed up bone regeneration. It is this element that could cut the time needed to straighten teeth.
Light therapy can potentially alter the DNA in the cells and, therefore, help increase the energy supply to the tooth. This action could help speed up the orthodontic process in what is deemed a safe way. The device will be programmed by a trained professional to apply the correct amount of light therapy for each tooth. The LED lights will be powered by a non-toxic lithium battery.
Another great thing about the technology is that the light cannot be seen. This is due to the wavelength that the light operates on. Many people could benefit from this new technology and also be saved some of the discomfort that traditional braces produce. Watch this space!