The Latest Orthodontic Technology to Improve Your Smile

Braces are a tried-and-true way to straighten teeth and enhance smiles, but traditional braces can take a long time to get the results you want. Luckily, new technologies make it possible to get that perfect smile faster. Let’s explore some of these exciting advances and how they can help speed up treatment at Rio Grande Orthodontics.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners, like Invisalign and 3M™ Clarity™, offer a popular alternative to traditional braces. These custom-made, clear trays fit over your teeth and gradually move them without metal brackets or wires. They are removable, making it easier to eat, brush, and floss. Plus, they are nearly invisible, which many of our patients love.

Clear aligners work by using a series of trays, each slightly different from the last. This constant adjustment helps your teeth move efficiently. For many, clear aligners provide a convenient and effective way to achieve a beautiful smile faster than traditional braces.

Metal & Ceramic Braces

Modern metal braces have come a long way. Today’s metal braces are smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than ever before. They use metal brackets and wires to move your teeth. Metal braces are known for their strength and effectiveness in handling complex dental issues. They can correct misaligned teeth, gaps, and overcrowding. 

Ceramic braces work similarly but use clear or tooth-colored materials, making them less noticeable. Ceramic braces blend in with your teeth, providing a more aesthetic option. Both types of braces offer reliable and efficient treatment.


After your braces come off, wearing a retainer is key to keeping your teeth in their new positions. Retainers help prevent your teeth from shifting back.

There are different types of retainers, including fixed and removable ones. Our orthodontists will recommend the best type for you. Wearing your retainer as instructed is key to maintaining your new smile.

Retainers ensure your teeth stay in their new positions. Fixed retainers attach to the back of your teeth, while removable retainers can be taken out for eating and cleaning. Using your retainer as advised prevents your teeth from moving back.


The Latest Orthodontic Technology to Improve Your Smile

Customized Treatment Planning With 3D Scans

At Rio Grande Orthodontics, treatment planning starts with digital x-rays and 3D scans. These scans provide a detailed picture of your teeth and jaw, helping our orthodontists plan your treatment with precision.

3D technology allows us to see how your teeth need to move and help in creating your personalized treatment plan. This detailed approach ensures each step of your treatment is carefully planned, reducing the time you need to wear braces.

Digital x-rays and 3D scans give orthodontists a clear view of your teeth, aiding in accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. 

Answering Your Questions

Q: How long does treatment with clear aligners usually take?

A: Treatment with clear aligners usually takes about 12 to 18 months, but it can vary depending on your specific needs.


Q: Are clear aligners as effective as braces?

A: Clear aligners can be just as effective as traditional braces for many types of teeth straightening needs, but they do have some limitations and are better suited for mild to moderate cases


Q: How often do I need to visit the orthodontist during treatment?

A: You will need to visit the orthodontist every 6 to 8 weeks to check your progress and get new aligners or adjustments.


Q: Can I eat anything I want with clear aligners?

A: Yes, since clear aligners are removable, you can take them out to eat. This means you can enjoy all your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your aligners.


Q: What happens if I don’t wear my retainer after braces?

A: If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth can move back to their original positions. This can undo all the progress made during your braces treatment.

The Latest Orthodontic Technology to Improve Your Smile

Fast Smile Solutions at Rio Grande Orthodontics

Thanks to advances in clear aligners, 3D scans, and modern braces, getting a straighter smile is faster and more comfortable than ever. Ready to start your orthodontic journey? Visit our website and schedule your free consultation at any of our offices in Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Santa Fe (Cerrillos), Santa Fe (Harkle), Los Alamos, Edgewood, Espanola, Taos and Socorro.