|Stainless steel fixed appliances (braces) are comprised of small stainless steel squares (“brackets”) that are bonded with dental adhesive directly to the enamel surfaces of the teeth. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.|
|Our office is pleased to offer our patients passive self-ligating Damon System braces. The Damon System facilitates healthy tooth movement with complete control. By combining tie-less brackets and high-tech archwires, we can minimize discomfort and create beautiful smiles that last a lifetime!|
The Lingual Holding Appliance is used to preserve and create space in the lower arch and to aid in uprighting of the molars. The appliance is placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the lower teeth. As the lower baby molars are generally larger than the permanent teeth that will succeed them, the Lingual Holding Appliance helps to utilize this space to the patient’s best advantage.
A lip bumper is a dental appliance used in the orthodontic treatment of children. It’s basically a wire that is partially coated in plastic. The wire is hooked on to two molars at either end and lines the front side of the lower teeth.
|One of the most common problems orthodontics treats is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. Ordinarily, when we see a patient with the upper teeth protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward; but, more often than not, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be.|
|The Nance Holding Appliance serves to hold upper molars in place to stabilize the position of these teeth after desired tooth movement has been affected or during movement of other teeth. It can also be used to rotate molars into more ideal positions to improve the bite and to help the molars move as a unit when working together with orthodontic mini implants.|
|The skeletal expander (Hyrax, Rapid Palatal Expander, Banded Expander) is a very important part of orthodontic treatment. The expander helps increase the growth, thus widening the upper arch. It is used to carefully broaden the upper jaw by exerting lateral pressure on the two halves of the maxilla (upper jaw) in patients with a narrow upper jaw.|
|Space maintainers help “hold space” for permanent teeth. Your child may need one if he or she loses a baby tooth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If a primary tooth is lost too early, adult teeth can erupt into the empty space instead of where they should be.|
|The Pendulum Appliance affects backward movement of the molar teeth to create space for permanent teeth to erupt naturally while also improving the bite.|
|The Trans-Palatal Arch is used to hold upper molars in place, stabilizing the position of these teeth after, or during, the movement of other teeth. The TPA can also be used to rotate molars into more ideal positions to improve the bite and to help the molars move as a unit when working together with orthodontic mini implants.|