Traditional orthodontic treatments
Traditional braces are an effective and versatile solution. The brackets are glued to your teeth and connected with a metal wire. This puts slight pressure on your teeth and gradually shifts them to the right position. We only use self-ligating brackets. They are more comfortable because they don’t require the use of elastic or metal ligatures to maintain the orthodontic arch. Traditional braces can be used to treat simple and complex cases in patients of all ages.
Clear removable aligners are worn over your teeth and apply corrective pressure on specific areas. The custom-made aligners are changed every two weeks. They are discreet, comfortable and can be removed for brushing your teeth. Invisalign is mainly used by adults and patients with relatively straightforward cases.
Retainers can either be permanent or removable. In either case, they are used to maintain tooth position after permanent orthodontic appliances are removed. Retainers are usually worn at night and should be used for several years following an orthodontic treatment. In some cases, dentists recommend using a retainer for life.
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Orthodontic treatments are sometimes recommended for young patients with specific problems. Tooth alignment or jaw issues can be detected at a young age. Preliminary orthodontic treatments can correct these problems quickly, reducing the need for longer and more complex orthodontic treatments when the child is older.
When is a palatal expander needed?
Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper palate in children. They apply constant, safe pressure on teeth to stretch the space in the middle of the palate. This creates more room and balances the jaws.
What is a phase 1 treatment?
Phase 1 treatments, also known as interceptive treatments, are used when a patient has serious tooth alignment problems. The aim is to prevent major cosmetic and functional issues related to overlapping teeth. Phase 1 treatments can allow permanent teeth to come in normally. Early intervention leads to better results than interventions started after dental-facial growth is complete.
To make sure your children receive the best possible care, contact us to schedule a free orthodontic consultation.