Orthodontic treatment is successful at any age, and it is our goal to help patients of all ages to have beautiful and healthy smiles. Increasing numbers of people are now getting braces as adults so that they can also enjoy the benefits of orthodontic dentistry treatment.
It is exciting time in Orthodontic treatment as there are different types and options to braces, from [clear braces with small and comfortable brackets] to [translucent aligners which don’t require any brackets and wires].
- Metal Braces
Metal Braces uses metal brackets, which are popular with kids and teenagers. Kids and teenagers select their own ligature ties colors, personalizing braces fashion and having more fun.
- Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces uses translucent clear brackets, and are most popular with adults. They are less visible than the metal braces, having to be close to someone to be able to see them.
- Lingual Braces (Secret BracesTM, Tiggle Braces)
Lingual Braces (Secret BracesTM / Tiggle Braces) uses metal brackets behind the teeth and cannot be seen from the front. However, this method is limited to certain conditions. Read more about [link] Lingual Braces at M Dental Group.
- Invisalign© (Clear Aligners)
Invisalign© / Clear Aligners uses series of removable clear aligners to straighten your teeth without brackets and wires. Read more about [link] Invisalign treatment at M Dental Group.
- Temporary Anchorage Device (TADs)
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are specially engineered small titanium anchors used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. TADs are placed into your gum and jaw bone, and act as anchor point and assists with the movement of your teeth.
- Modified Tandem Appliance (MTA)
Modified Tandem Appliance (MTA) is an intraoral two component appliance designed for orthopedic correction of the Class III patient (cases where the lower first molar is anterior than the upper first molar). MTA can be an effective alternative to Facemask because MTA does not do not have any extraoral framework, and often results in better patient compliance and routine wear.
- Palatal Expander
Palatal Expander is a device that fits your palate and applies pressure to specific teeth to gradually move your teeth farther apart. The device is an alternative solution to tooth extraction for patients who have overcrowded teeth.
- Space Maintainer
Space Maintainer is an appliance for keeping the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place. Children may need space maintainers if they lose a tooth early or have primary tooth extracted due to dental decay.
MyoBrace© is a removable appliance that focuses on addressing underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor natural growth. As preventive pre-orthodontic system, MyoBrace series are designed to deal with incorrect myofunction habits, especially for children and teens to correct oral habits and to encourage proper jaw and facial development. Read more about [link] MyoBrace© for children at M Dental Group.
Retainers After Orthodontic Treatment
Once a patient is complete or near complete with Orthodontic treatment, the patient will be asked about retainers. Retainers are generally not included in the orthodontic treatment; however, it is a required important practice for most everyone who had orthodontic care. Retainers stabilize your bones and teeth in new position, making sure that the realignment of your teeth and bite does not change. Without the retainers, your teeth do not have support to stay in place and your teeth and bite will change, losing the results you achieved through the orthodontic treatment.
How long you have to wear retainers depend on type of orthodontic correction you have received and individual conditions. Typically, it is recommended to be worn at least 12 months following your orthodontic treatment.
Types of Retainers
There are two general kinds of retainers: removable and fixed. Under the two general kinds, there are various retainer options. Depending on the orthodontic correction during the treatment, some type of retainers will be more effective or limited. In some cases, patients are recommended to wear both removable and fixed retainer (this is called dual retainer). Based on your case and lifestyle, our doctors will give best suited retainer options for you.
- Removable Retainer
Removable retainers can be taken out for eating, cleaning, and special occasions. There are various options to retainers, from clear retainers (Essix, Vivera) made with clear plastic to Hawley retainers made with plastic/acrylic with metal wire.
- Fixed Retainer (Permanent retainers)
Fixed retainers are attached to the back of your teeth and are not movable.