Types of Braces
Orthodontics involves the teeth, their surrounding bones and the bones of the face. Orthodontic treatment is part science and part art. Each individual problem requires individual care and time to correct. There are several different appliances we can use depending on the problem. Some appliances are removable and some are cemented (or fixed) in place.
Today, most younger patients are treated with metal brackets. These metal brackets can be “garnished” with colored elastics that can be changed to different colors at each visit. Every and any color can be used, even glow in the dark. These colors can also be muted to match the metal.
Patients can also choose to wear clear, or ceramic brackets for less obvious treatment.
Removable appliances such as Invisalign has become much more effective today. It is an evolving science that is not the most effective way to treat every problem but is an excellent choice when a patient is interested in a very esthetic appliance. It also has the major advantage in the area of oral hygiene because its’ easy removal lends perfect access for dental home care. Dr. Goldstein is a Premier Provider for adult and teen Invisalign.
Sometimes orthodontics cannot “fix” a problem alone. Nature, genetics and environmental factors sometimes result in situations that require help from other dental specialists. Bone relationships can affect the function and esthetics of the teeth and jaws. Sometimes oral surgeons are needed to perform orthognathic surgery to move bones. Periodontists may be needed to correct gum problems or place implants where teeth are missing. General dentists may need to replace missing or broken down teeth. We work with all of these professionals to give you a beautiful smile and outstanding facial balance.
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results. Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear braces have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology archwires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results.
Available from skilled orthodontists, clear braces combine the best of traditional clear braces and invisible aligners to deliver a discrete treatment experience with results that go beyond straight teeth.
Invisalign® uses an advanced digital modeling system for the making of custom trays that will guide the patient’s teeth into a beautiful smile.
Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)
Both removable and fixed PEDs can be used to address crowding and other issues by expanding the upper jaw to make more room to accommodate tooth and/or jaw alignment.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain the new smile and also allows for small adjustments, if needed, once the braces have been removed.
Your orthodontist will go over the options with you and provide specific instructions on the use of your retainers.