Like many of you, I've been tuned in to the Beijing Olympics these past couple of weeks. Not only I have I been captivated by Michael Phelps and his eight Olympic gold medals, but I've also been fascinated by all the television broadcasting technology and gadgetry. Just in the swimming venue alone, I've witnessed underwater cameras, digital lane indicators with a synthesized flag of the competitor's country, split times accurate to hundredths of a second, and a digital world record indicator line that moves in synch with the swimmers. As I'm taking in all this technological wizardry, I'm reminded of all the recent advancements in our orthodontic profession. Just in the last decade alone, we've been introduced to cosmetic braces, invisible aligners, space age-heat activated archwires, mini-implants, and nearly invisible bonded retainers-all to make the overall orthodontic experience that much more patient friendly. No longer do our patients have to struggle with unsightly bands or awkward headgear. Just like the Olympics, we're always striving to bring the benefits of technology closer to those who participate.
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