New flashy dental braces that include lights and a battery on every tooth, could cut the time and costs involved in straightening teeth.
The 3D-printed, semi-transparent braces involve placing two LED lights and one non-toxic lithium battery on every tooth.
The batteries provide energy to power the LEDs, which are programmed by a dentist to provide light therapy according to each tooth’s needs.
Light therapy enhances bone regeneration, which may therefore reduce the time and subsequent cost involved in realigning teeth.
It is thought to do this by altering the teeth’s cells’ DNA to increase their energy supply, which allows them to move faster and therefore be more quickly straightened by the brace.
The braces’ LEDs will not be visible due to them emitting a light wavelength that cannot be seen by the naked eye.