Technology

Our office uses state-of-the-art technology to help create the smile you want. Some of the innovative technology we use includes:

Digital X-rays

Our digital radiographs, or X-rays, provide us with invaluable information about your oral and dental health. A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These digital X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.

Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90%! In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other “normal” sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes.

iTero® Digital Impression System

The iTero digital impression system, by Align Technology, replaces the uncomfortable, unpleasant-tasting, messy, and sometimes inaccurate, traditional putty impressions. No bulky trays or sticky putty needed!

Using a digital scanner, we will take three-dimensional (3-D) digital images, or impressions, of your teeth and bite. These impressions will help us formulate a personalized treatment plan that meets your specific orthodontic needs and desires. We can also use them to visually show you your treatment options and help us keep you up-to-date on your treatment progress.

After your specific treatment plan has been chosen, the digital impressions allow us to create customized bracket trays that we use to place your brackets onto your teeth, all at one time, with increased efficiency and overall effectiveness.

AcceleDent®

New breakthroughs in orthodontic technology offer patients accelerated treatment options. Our practice prides itself in offering you the very latest, proven, safe and effective methods for optimal orthodontic care. We offer AcceleDent, a new, simple, hands-free device to help your orthodontic treatment work faster!

How does AcceleDent work?

By inserting the Mouthpiece – fitted around your existing orthodontics – and turning on the Activator for 20 minutes every day, AcceleDent can speed up tooth movement by using SoftPulse Technology™. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and can even help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.

How is the orthodontic treatment accelerated?

Your orthodontics work on their own by moving your teeth in specific directions. AcceleDent uses SoftPulse Technology™ to generate small vibrations, or micropulses, enhancing the movements directed by your orthodontics, allowing for faster tooth movement.

Is AcceleDent safe?

Yes. AcceleDent with SoftPulse Technology™ is FDA cleared and has been demonstrated safe and reliable in U.S. clinical trials.

Drake Orthodontics

  • Sioux Falls Office - 5100 S. Western Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57108 Phone: 605-335-6665 Fax: 605-332-5510
  • Mitchell Office - 200 W. Second Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301 Phone: 605-996-4025

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