In cases where a set of conventional braces is the best approach to care, but a more cosmetic appearance is desired, ceramic braces offer an excellent alternative to metal braces. Ceramic braces, or clear braces, blend in with the natural color of your teeth. While being far less visible, they still function in very much the same way as metal braces to deliver outstanding results of care. An excellent aesthetic choice, ceramic braces can be a bit more fragile than their metal counterparts.
Damon braces are specially designed self-ligating appliances that offer several advantages over traditional orthodontic brackets. Using a sliding mechanism instead of individual elastic ties to secure each brace to the orthodontic wire, the Damon system of braces makes tooth movement more efficient as well as more comfortable. With Damon braces not only are fewer adjustments and less frequent visits required, treatment is typically completed in a shorter period of time. Moreover, without the presence of elastic ties, less food and bacteria can accumulate around the braces, thereby making it easier to keep the teeth clean.
Combining a self-ligating bracket design with the use of high technology archwires, the Damon system reduces friction to put less pressure on the teeth. As a general rule, with Damon braces less discomfort is experienced and the potential for dental disease, stains, decalcifications and other types of damage to the teeth or supporting structures is reduced.
Depending on lifestyle and needs, Damon braces are available in both metal and clear options.
Historically, most patients did not commence orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted and then had a malocclusion diagnosed and addressed at the age of about 12-14. Waiting this long often necessitated the extraction of several permanent teeth in order to create space for orthodontic movement. More extensive movement necessitated the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. It was noted that teen cooperation in wearing such appliances was often problematic. Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11.This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance. Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion, which allows more room for permanent teeth and orthopedic growth appliances which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler. These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques will allow Phase 2 of the treatment to become simpler, less extensive and less expensive than it otherwise would have been.
Invisalign are virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan. They look similar to teeth-whitening trays, no one may even notice that you're wearing them, making it a seamless fit with your lifestyle. Aligners are custom-made for the patient, to move your teeth in the sequence that the dentist recommends. For the best results and a timely outcome, aligners should be worn for about 22 hours per day. With Invisalign you have the flexibility to remove your aligners to eat and drink what you like, and brush and floss as you normally would during treatment. Invisalign allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start so you can see how your straightened teeth will look when your treatment is complete.
Today, there are metal braces that can be placed on the “tongue side” or lingual of every tooth. Known as lingual braces, these appliances are completely hidden from the outside world. While these braces work in the same way as the metal or ceramic braces affixed to the front of your teeth, they can only be spotted on close inspection during such times as when your mouth is wide open. The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to create customized brackets. Types of Lingual Braces. Your choice of brand depends upon the orthodontist and her recommendation, as well as your preference. Some of the most popular brands are, Incognito, iBraces, In-Ovation, STb Light Lingual System, Suresmile Lingual QT. Not all orthodontists offer lingual braces because training and technical expertise are needed.
Other types of orthodontic appliances may also be used during the course of treatment. Some of these appliances are removable and can be taken in and out of the mouth, while others will be attached to the teeth until they are no longer needed.
Depending upon the specific needs of the case, these appliances may be used to accomplish a number of things including:
- Widening the jaws in order to make sufficient space for the permanent teeth
- Influencing jaw growth
- The reduction of deep overbites
- Allowing for the correction of teeth in crossbite
- Maintaining the space for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost
- Minor tooth movement
- Helping to control harmful oral habits
The most common type of braces seen today, remain “metal braces”. Made of high-grade stainless steel these braces are significantly smaller and have a lower profile than their predecessors from years ago. Each brace, which is known as an orthodontic bracket, is individually bonded to the front of each tooth. Metal braces allow for efficient and highly controllable tooth movement.