New Advancements In Orthodontics

At Farnsworth Family Orthodontics, we make a point to use technology to the advantage of our patients. New advancements in orthodontics can offer patients more comfort, fewer visits, and shorter treatment times. Dr. Farnsworth, Dr. Sorensen, Dr. Shelley, Dr. Brimhall, and the rest of our team use an array of state-of-the-art tools to straighten smiles. If you’re reading this, you’re at least marginally curious about how we might help you. Let us introduce you to how recent advancements in orthodontics might do just that. 

Digital Diagnosis And Treatment 

Fitting a patient with braces or aligners is far from guesswork. In order for our team to know how to treat you, we have to understand the scope of your smile. To do that, we need a precise and accurate representation of your teeth. For that purpose, we have the iTero Intraoral Scanner. To begin, one of our team members will use iTero’s imaging wand. It scans the inside of your mouth and gives the doctors a digital 3D scan of your gums and teeth.

The 3D scan allows the doctors to see the inside of your mouth from every possible angle. We can observe how teeth grow and envision which treatment option would best help you. No two smiles are exactly alike, so no two treatment plans will be. Thanks to the iTero scanner, we can maximize effective treatment and minimize errors. 

How To Cut Your Treatment Time In Half

One of the most common concerns we hear is how long treatment takes. Understandably, patients worry about how long their treatment plans will take. After all, no one wants to wear braces or aligners forever. We empathize – we wouldn’t want our family members in treatment for years. But did you know that modern options can reduce treatment time by 50%? We call these accelerated orthodontics treatments. 


Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner, and its purpose is to straighten teeth over some time. Each Invisalign aligner is smooth, sleek, and virtually unseeable plastic. Our team analyzes your bite using the iTero digital scanner, leading to a tailored aligner. We do all this without requiring yucky trays and impressions. Then, we generate a unique plan for your teeth. Next, you’ll receive your complete set of aligners a few weeks later. The entire Invisalign treatment process varies depending on the complexity of a patient’s treatment. 

Rethinking Braces 

Research and development haven’t just given us new orthodontic tools. They’ve also helped us refine and update those we’ve been practicing with for a while. Consider braces as an example. Modern braces are more compact and concealable than those of previous generations. They fit better, and thus patients report much less discomfort. Plus, they don’t have to be metal if you don’t want them to be. 

Clarity™ Clear Braces

You may also hear clear braces referred to as ceramic, tooth-colored, or aesthetic. This is because they are designed to blend in with the teeth. Clear braces empower you to continue your daily routine without fretting about your appearance. They are more discreet and less noticeable than metal braces. 

Farnsworth Family Orthodontics uses Clarity™ clear braces for our patients. They function like metal braces, using tension to help guide the teeth into optimal positions. Because they are transparent, patients needn’t worry about drawing unwanted attention. 

Metal Braces

The classic option is still around. Metal braces have straightened thousands of smiles over the last few decades. Farnsworth Family Orthodontics patients in San Angelo, Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, and Lubbock report less irritation, pain, and discomfort from modern metal braces. Furthermore, they remain among the most popular treatments for all age groups. That’s right! If you’re an adult and think you missed out on an opportunity for braces, there is no time like the present. 

The Best Smiles Begin At Farnsworth 

At Farnsworth Family Orthodontics, we have our thumb on the pulse of technological advancements. Patients know that they can trust our state-of-the-art methods. The best smiles in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico begin at Farnsworth Family Orthodontics. Visit us here to schedule your free consultation