With the advances in panoramic x-ray technology, we are now capable to personalize and digitize the fabrication of dental braces using additive manufacturing.. Smart dental brace relies on two main functionalities: first, a customizable, personalized and semitransparent brace, which provides required external loading to stimulate healthy rebuilding of bone structures. Secondly, a miniaturized, soft, biocompatible optoelectronic system for an intraoral (conformable on the mouth) near-infrared light therapy which allows rapid, temporally specific control of osteogenic cell activity via targeted exposure and light-sensitive proteins present in bone cells. The combination of both strategies in one single platform provides affordable, multi-functionality dental braces. Such capability enhances the bone regeneration significantly and reduces the overall cost and discomfort.
How It Works
The optoelectronic system is based on an array of light emitting diodes (LED). We have introduced non-toxic micro-scale flexible batteries to be used as on-demand power supply. Near-infrared light can be absorbed by bone cells to stimulate the bone regeneration for faster orthodontic treatment.
Why It Is Better
It is one of the first in-vivo wearable, low-cost self-powered devices that integrates multi-therapeutic functionalities in one platform. This technology is targeted at making advanced healthcare systems accessible, affordable and personalized for patients who need faster orthodontic treatment."