Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets by using a series of clear, customized removable trays called aligners. If you want to learn more about Invisalign and how it works, please visit the Invisalign homepage.
These are the most common type of braces. Elastics are used in conjunction with braces to help move the teeth in a desired direction. It is normal for your teeth and jaws to be tender for the first few days of wearing the elastics. Elastic wear must be constant to be effective. You may remove the elastics only when eating and brushing your teeth. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately following mealtime and brushing. Elastic wear is an important component in your orthodontic treatment.
These are custom made braces bonded to the back of the teeth making them completely hidden from view. Lingual braces are another cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces.
Rapid Maxillary Expander is used for patients whose upper jaw is narrow. It is placed in the roof of the mouth to gently widen the upper arch by extending the distance between the two bones that make up the palate. Detailed instructions are given to the patient when this treatment is recommended.
When braces are removed, retainers are required to maintain your beautiful new smile. There are three types that are available: traditional Hawley, clear essix, and bonded permanent retainers. Your orthodontist will be able to provide detailed information on each. Remember to wear your retainer full time until the doctor instructs otherwise.