Braces and Aligners
Braces are wire-based appliances, used to correct crowded or misaligned teeth and abnormal alignment of jaws. The early teenage years are the best advice time to get dental braces for maximum benefit. Adults can still get a decent outcome by wearing braces, but there is still a risk of relapsing. The goal of dental braces is to properly align your teeth and jaws to produce a normal bite and pleasing smile. The experience of wearing dental braces is now much more comfortable with advanced materials and technology.
The braces consist of bands, wires, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. Braces are specific and custom made for everyone. An orthodontist will prescribe custom made appliances for your needs.
- Metal/traditional braces: Traditional braces are the most common type of braces. Metal brackets are attached to the front surface of your teeth using orthodontic cement. These brackets are joined together by an archwire. Small elastic or metal ties are used to keep the archwire in place. These bands create more pressure to help straighten and align your teeth. Sometimes, your orthodontist will have you wear a device called headgear at night. It provides added pressure to help straighten your teeth. You can put it on and take it off.
- Ceramic braces: The brackets in traditional braces are now also made in tooth-colored ceramic, so you don’t notice them as much. They can also be made with stainless steel, clear materials, or gold.
- Lingual braces: The brackets on these braces are attached to the backs of your teeth, facing your tongue. Lingual braces are harder to see.
- Self-ligating braces: Differing from traditional braces, self-ligating braces do not have elastic ligatures. In other words, there are no elastic “ties” or metal ties because they are simply not needed. Rather, self-ligating braces have a door mechanism that is opened and closed to hold the tooth-aligning wires. This allows for far less friction between the wire and the braces. This results in faster tooth movement because the braces are free to slide along the wire (metal bracket on a metal wire). Also, this concept allows for greater freedom of tooth movement with much less discomfort. Lighter forces are utilized because of the reduction in friction between the wire and brace. With no need for the elastic ties that fade with time, the interval between appointments is much longer. Gone are the days of having to replace the elastic ties every 4-6 weeks. With our self-ligating braces, we can extend your appointment intervals out every 8-12 weeks. In summary, self-ligating braces are easier on your teeth, easier on your time, and achieve stunning results.
Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, removable & are a comfortable way of teeth straightening. Invisalign aligners use an innovative approach to gradually straighten teeth.
Invisalign can treat overbite, underbite, crossbite, gap teeth, open teeth, crowded teeth, etc.
Night guard are custom made appliances designed to protect the teeth from any clenching and grinding. These parafunctional behavior generally occurs at night when patients are not aware of the same. Night guard will help prevent any damage to the teeth and jaw joint (TMJ) which can happen due to clenching and grinding.
Habit Breaking Appliance
Habits like thumb sucking, tongue-thrusting, etc. can be stopped by these habit breaking appliances. These habits are perfectly normal in infants and a natural instinct. However when these oral habits continues for some year they may cause improper bite and you should consider a habit breaking appliance.
These are completely painless and a great way to help you kid to get rid of these habits.
Myofunctional orthodontics is an alternative to traditional braces. Myofunctional appliances focus on the poor muscular habit to correct the crooked teeth as these muscular habits are one of the underlying causes. These appliances use intermittent force to align the teeth rather than the constant force applied in braces.