Types of Orthodontic Appliances
For every alignment problem, there is an orthodontic solution. Advancements in the field have brought about many sophisticated methods for treating malocclusions, a hefty word used to describe crooked teeth. Malocclusions are very common due to biological factors largely outside of our control. Orthodontics gives us the power to maneuver your teeth to achieve a straight, healthy smile.
Orthodontic solutions are more comfortable and more effective than ever.
Before implementing treatment, Dr. Levin will perform a thorough diagnostic exam. She will take panoramic x-rays, study impressions of your bite, and conduct thorough visual examinations to determine the best course of treatment. Some of these treatments include:
This traditional option is comprised of two essential components, the brackets, and wires. The brackets can be metal or ceramic and can come in different shapes. The wiring can be metal, elastic, or a combination of both. We have a large variety of choices, from simple nearly invisible brackets to stars and other custom shapes. These options make orthodontic treatment a fun opportunity to express your personality!
Removable elastics hook onto the brackets and gently pull teeth into place. These are effective in correcting overbites, underbites, and single teeth that are slightly off. They are another fun element to your treatment. You can change the bands to match your style or to celebrate the season.
These devices are attached to your teeth and will increase the space needed for a natural, functional bite. This is a necessary effort for patients with small mouths and larger teeth. It also can positively affect the facial composition, creating a more appealing profile and increasing self-confidence.
For complex alignment cases, headgear is often used. These devices vary in structure and are custom fit to suit a patient’s needs. Headgear is most often worn at night and will help to expedite the treatment time.
Removable Appliances- In some cases, headgear is necessary to correct pronounced over or underbites. Most often, it’s sufficient to wear these conspicuous appliances only at night.
This appliance is affixed to the teeth and uses springs to position the lower jaw forward as the mouth closes. It is used to help move the upper molars back while bringing the lower arch forward and speed up your treatment time.
These devices hold the teeth in place, retaining proper alignment. Retainers can be fixed so they don’t come out, or removable. Retainers are a very important part of your treatment and keep your teeth from moving back to their original positions.
Retainers and Aligners- Clear aligners, like the Invisalign system, let patients straighten their teeth without changing their appearance or routine. Hawley retainers can slightly shift teeth over time just like the Invisalign system, and they also can keep teeth straight after orthodontic treatment.