consist of bands and brackets, which are adhered to the teeth, and archwires, which actually move the teeth. We use state of the art and highest quality miniaturized stainless steel braces, less conspicuous Tooth Colored braces, and Invisible or lingual braces (glued to the inside surfaces of the teeth, so they are not visible).
In order to correct the bite and faulty jaw positions (i.e. Dentofacial Orthopaedics), we can use advanced Jaw Orthopedic appliances including Functional Appliances or Headgear (which is worn by growing patients after school and to bed). Headgear is also used to make space for crowded teeth, but in some patients with severe overcrowding, removal of certain teeth is required (we do our best to see if there is any way we can avoid extraction of teeth). Most patients wearing braces also get to wear elastics. Where appropriate, jaw surgery is considered for jaw correction in some non-growing adult patients with severe bite problems
As you can appreciate, the patient’s cooperation in wearing braces, elastics, retainers, or headgear, is VERY important if we’re to achieve a good outcome in the shortest possible time.
We use the newest metal technology available, developed to meet the needs of space travel by NASA. Orthodontic archwires (which actually move the teeth), made from copper, nickel and titanium and which incorporate this technology, are actually activated with changes in temperature. These special properties allow for greater patient comfort, faster tooth movement, and fewer treatment visits to plan in your busy schedule.
Orthodontics is the oldest of all dental Specialities, but it has come a long way of late. The braces are smaller and less conspicuous (and even “invisible”). The wires are gentler and more effective, making treatment faster and less uncomfortable, and better still, newer treatment methods are continually being devised to make it easier for all.