Types of Braces
The Invisalign® system is a series of clear overlay templates, called aligners, which are generated through computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This orthodontic treatment system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for Invisalign®. More about Invisalign®
Beautiful orthodontic results can be achieved with Suresmile®, an innovative treatment that features robotically-bent arch wires that are custom made for each patient’s unique case.
Suresmile® is a great treatment method for correcting all types of malocclusion: underbite, overbite, overjet, crossbite and scissorsbite. More about Suresmile®
Metal braces are the most commonly used alignment method. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and less noticeable.
Ceramic braces are made of clear material and their cosmetic appeal makes them particularly popular with adult patients. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are less durable than metal brackets, and certain foods can cause the elastic ties to become discolored between orthodontic visits.
Types of Appliances
Once orthodontic treatment with brackets and arch wires or Invisalign ends, the retention stage begins. The retention phase lasts for at least two years. Your final orthodontic result depends on your retainers, so follow through with the financial and time investment you’ve made so far. Remember to remove your retainer before brushing, and brush your retainer before placing it back in your mouth.
Attached to the upper molars by bonding or with cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic appliance that creates a wider space in the upper jaw. It often is used to create a healthier relationship between the upper and lower jaw, or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch.
This appliance only can be used in children who are still growing, as their connective tissue between the left and right halves of their upper jaw is responsive to expansion. The expander widens the palate gradually each time the patient turns a screw in the center, using a special key we provide. The pressure created through this process causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in increased width.
Separators/spacers are tiny elastics that fit snugly between teeth to make room for bands to be placed around them later. Spacers can fall out on their own once enough space is created. To determine if they need to be replaced, slip some dental floss between the teeth. If the floss gets stuck, the spacer hasn’t created enough room and must be replaced prior to your banding appointment.
Elastics are a vital part of treatment and their success relies upon patient compliance. They create extra pressure to the braces to achieve desired tooth movement. Generally worn at all times except when eating and brushing your teeth, elastics should be changed at least once daily. They come in different sizes, with each size being used for a specific purpose. We will provide you with the appropriate size.
It is important to wear them consistently to avoid treatment setbacks. If only one day is missed, it could cause your teeth to shift back to their original position!
Occasionally, as a 6-year molar erupts, it can get caught under the curve of the baby tooth in front of it. One way to correct this is by extracting the baby tooth it is caught under (and is causing damage to), then moving the 6-year molar back to its proper spot using an orthodontic appliance. Then, a holding appliance would be placed until the permanent premolar is ready to replace the baby tooth that was lost.
In some cases, we are able to use a Humphrey’s Appliance to both save the baby tooth, AND move the 6-year molar backward. Once the permanent tooth has been moved into its proper position using the Humphrey‘s Appliance, the appliance can be removed. This eliminates the need for a holding appliance, because we did not have to extract the baby tooth.