Types of Braces

Metal Braces

metal braces

Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile.

 

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

clear braces

Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

 

Invisalign Aligners

invisalign

Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.

Removeable Appliances

Retainers: 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.

Twin block appliance: is unique from other functional appliances, as it involves two separate appliances (one for the upper arch and one for the lower arch) working together to create an advanced lower jaw position. This patient-friendly appliance is worn full time, including while eating, though it is removable for easy hygiene. It is also more comfortable than other jaw-correcting appliances, as it is made out of smooth acrylic and utilizes fewer wires. The result of using a twin block appliance is a broad, beautiful smile, proper jaw function, improved profile, and a stable and healthy temporomandibular joint.

A Shammy Appliance, pushes molars back to make room for crowded teeth. It is usally worn along with headgear and the patient wears the appliance full time, even when eating. It can be removed  when brushing their teeth. You are able to gently brush the appliance in order to keep the shamy appliance clean.

A Biteplate Appliance is designed for you to correct a "deep bite" . This is, when your upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth too much." The appliance has extra acrylic at the front and clasps attached on the side. The appliance prevents the upper and lower back teeth from touching and you may need to chew more towards the front of the mouth for a few days. This removable appliance is worn full time, even when eating. Only remove the appliance to brush and floss your teeth and gently brush off the appliance. Be sure to put your appliance in the case that your orthodontist gives you when you are brushing your teeth and keep the appliance when in the case up high away from any pets.

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