Metal braces are made of high grade stainless steel and are the most popular type. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and better looking than they have ever been.
A combination of brackets, archwires, and elastic bands are used to straighten the teeth. Patients can feel free to express themselves with the fun, brightly colored elastics that can be switched every visit.
Ceramic (Clear) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of a clear material that bland in the color of your teeth. Since they are translucent and less noticeable than metal brace on your teeth, they are more popular among older teenage and adult patients
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Invisalign is an orthodontic option that utilizes invisible, removable custom-made aligners to fit over your teeth and to straighten your teeth comfortably. The series of aligners are almost undetectable, and can be taken out during treatment, which allows you easier access to your teeth for dental hygiene.
Invisalign is used for select treatment options, so it is important to consult with your Orthodontist regarding whether or not you are a candidate.
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Orthopedic Appliance: moves jaw bones and muscles ( also known as dentofacial orthopedics ) into position, helps permanent teeth grow into the best bite and develops jaws to proper alignment. These types of appliances usually are used with young patients who are still growing.
Expander: widens a too small jaw to make room for permanent teeth erupting or to correct crossbite
Functional Appliance: helps to train the muscles and guides growing jaws to bite right position
Face Mask (Reverse-Pull Headgear): is attached to braces and pushes against the forehead and chin to pull the upper jaw and teeth forward
- Retainer: holds teeth in their corrected positions after your braces are removed
- Positioner: is proscribed to finish moving the teeth
- Hawley Appliance: uses wires to put pressure on the teeth.
Habit Corrector: helps stop thumb or fingers sucking, tongue thrust during swallowing.
What to Expect From Life With Braces
Life can go on quite normally with braces; YOU CAN STILL PLAY MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND SPORTS. However, there are a few factors to keep in mind in order to protect your teeth, and to ensure the best progress of treatment.
- Avoid “Chewy, Sticky, and Hard” foods when wearing braces. Very sticky foods such as gum, caramel or taffy can cause loosening of the braces. Very hard foods like popcorn, nuts, corn chips and ice can damage the wire or break the braces. Do not chew or bite objects such as pens, pencils and fingernails. We will give you a comprehensive list after you get your braces put on.
- Cut down on candy bars, cookies, cakes, sodas or other sweets. Sugary foods can cause tooth decay under the appliances. If you do have them, brush your teeth right way.
- Feel free to continue playing sports, however, a mouth guard is necessary for certain sports to protect your teeth.
- Patients should brush their teeth at least 3 times a day: after meals, and before going to bed at night. Daily flossing and mouthwash rinsing are, also, very important for your teeth. We will show you the best way to floss while you have braces on.