Technology has had a big impact on almost all industries in recent years and dentistry is no exception.
Orthodontist Dr Michael Weinberg told Lake Country Journals that when he first opened his practice in 1995, he only had one computer at his front desk. Now, 13 years on, he has ten.
He explained that he uses electronic technology in all areas of his work, such as a soft-tissue laser to remove ulcers and other abscesses from the mouth and a high-tech 3-D computer imaging system for patients who need braces.
Called OrthoCAD IQ, the system creates a virtual model of the patient's mouth, which allows Dr Weinberg to determine the optimal location for placing braces, according to the publication.
Patients also see the benefit of new technologies in the waiting room, in the form of a plasma TV and video games console.
Commenting on the advent of such gadgets, Dr Weinberg concluded: "There's no question about it ... I can see more people and provide better service in less time. It's service of a higher quality, I think."
New technology has also improved the detection of oral cancer, via a device which highlights abnormalities not visible to the naked eye.
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