types of appliances
To successfully complete your orthodontic treatment plan, patients must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the elastics (rubber bands), headgear, or other appliances as prescribed. REMEMBER: EFFORTS=RESULTS!
The following paragraphs describe the types of appliances that may be used during your treatment.
This is a great option for more and more of our patients. A series of aligners are made to address your esthetic concerns and improve your bite.
Invisalign Teen is appropriate for patients who have shed their baby teeth and have the 12 year molars at least partially erupted, and who are motivated to improve their smile!
Fixed Self-Ligating Braces
The self-ligating brackets we use are low force and engineered to the smallest dimensions for very predictable and cleansible tooth straightening.
Fixed Ceramic Braces
These self-ligating braces are made from translucent ceramic to blend in with your teeth and predictably straighten them on schedule.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
For Growing Patients
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Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an "overbite" (with the uppers forward of the lowers) or an "underbite" (with the lowers forward of the uppers). Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
This MARA appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.
The palatal expander "expands" (widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.