Translucent "clear" braces and tooth-colored ceramic brackets provide a very aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces.
Today's clear braces provide the same quality of treatment as metal braces but are simply less noticeable.
When closing a diastema (gap between teeth), differing amounts of movement of the two teeth is often needed. In this application, coil springs are placed to the side of each tooth. An arch wire acts as a guide and keeps the teeth from tipping as the space is closed.
Braces are bonded brackets, archwires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function.
Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.
Today's orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens and adults.
More and more adults today are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. Often times, because adults usually are more compliant in their orthodontic treatment, their results turn out far greater than with a child and/or a teen. Orthodontic treatment is not only designed to improve your smile's appearance, but also, to improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you have crowded or overlapping teeth, you may be unable to reach those areas and run the risk of severe tooth decay, gum and bone loss, irregular wear of tooth enamel and possible TMJ/TMD pain. Recent improvements in traditional braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets. Conventional braces with metal brackets are the most familiar; however, clear and tooth-colored ceramic and plastic brackets are now available.
Invisalign corrects many orthodontic issues without the hassles of traditional braces. This means no unattractive metal wire, no uncomfortable glued-on brackets and no annoying rubber bands that can leave your mouth sore. Invisalign uses a series of clear and custom-fit removable aligners; we are able to straighten your teeth in no time. In most cases, Invisalign treatment takes about a year. Because the aligners used in the Invisalign treatment process are removable, you can eat the foods you love to eat (steak, corn and bubble-gum don't mix well with traditional braces).
Additionally, when you need to brush and floss, you don't have to buy special tooth brushes and flossers designed to fit between the wires and brackets of braces. The full course of treatment involves changing the Invisalign aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into straighter position step-by-step, until you have a more beautiful smile. Learn more about Invisalign!
A palatal expander is a great way to be able to create space in a child's mouth. It's job is quite simple.
These expanders are only used while teeth and jaws are developing and cannot be used when the palatal bones are fused, which occurs after puberty.
The most common situations in which a palatal expander is used are for crossbites, crowding, and impacted teeth.
A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position. You wear the retainer 24 hours a day at first then at night to make sure that none of your teeth move while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw.
Baby teeth are the foundation for teeth development and act as place holders to guide adult teeth in to their proper places within the mouth.
On occasion, baby teeth are lost too soon, which creates an open gap in the mouth and allows space for teeth to shift which then create issues as the adult teeth begin to erupt. Space maintainers are important in these situations.
Space maintainers allow the gaps to remain open and prevent teeth from taking over the open area. They are a great help to prevent future orthodontic treatment.