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.
Self Ligating braces are made of the same material as traditional braces. They are available either in metal or ceramic. However, they do not need the use of the elastics to engage the wire into the braces but use an inbuilt specialized clip to engage the wire.
The advantages are:
– Less friction between the archwire and braces
– Less plaque accumulation as no elastics are used
– Less force decay between the appointments
– Fewer adjustments
– Fewer appointments
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 an older teenager 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 the upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual Braces are 100% customized to match the shape of your teeth; the metal appliances are created uniquely for you. Lingual braces are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments.
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 hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.
The therapy of malocclusion and other dental and speech disorders utilizing muscular exercises of the tongue and lips; most often intended to alter a tongue thrust swallowing pattern.
This treatment combines two methods of straightening teeth and jaws. By using fixed and removable appliances to get superior results, This treatment works with growth and development to give patients beautiful broad smiles.
In the orthodontic treatment, gentle, constant pressure must be applied to the teeth that need to be moved against the other teeth which serve as the anchoring unit. The anchoring teeth must be completely stable because their role is to assist in moving crooked teeth until the final objective of straightening the tooth is achieved. Most of the time, the side effect is the movement of the anchoring teeth. This problem can be solved with the orthodontic implants.
These are appliances that are used to combat the above deleterious habits in children. They can be either a fixed or removable type.
An intraoral device used to keep the air passage open during sleep in order to prevent snoring.
A temporary orthodontic appliance used following the loss or extraction of a tooth (as a milk tooth) to prevent the shifting of adjacent teeth into the resulting space—called also space retainer.
Occlusal Guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night time grinding and clenching. Sometimes these guards are also worn during the day if the patient’s problems are more serious than just the average teeth grinding problems.