What are some commonly used orthodontic appliances? RPE (rapid palatal expander)
this fixed appliance is used to widen the upper jaw, creating more room for crowed teeth, correcting a cross-bite and improving the width of the smile.
this fixed appliance is used to correct cross-bites, rotate molars, improve smile width, and/or provide anchorage.
this fixed or removable appliance is used to correct a deep over-bite.
this fixed appliance is used for anchorage control and is sometimes used as a fixed upper retainer.
this type of removable appliance is commonly used after the braces are removed to maintain and stabilize the results.
LLHA (lower lingual holding arch)
this fixed appliance is used to hold space during the transition of the dentition from the primary teeth to the adult teeth.
How can I be sure I am getting the best results?
Successful orthodontic treatment is a two-way street, requiring a consistent and cooperative effort from both the dentist and the patient. Wearing the prescribed appliances, properly cleaning and maintaining your teeth, and regularly visiting the dentist, will help ensure great results and a healthy, beautiful smile.
- Prevent and intercept orthodontic problems
- Improve self-confidence and self-image
- Guide facial growth for a more attractive profile and Improve facial balance
- Improve chances of avoiding extraction and surgical procedures
- Guide eruption of permanent teeth, regulating space where needed.
- Eliminate adverse habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrusting
- Avoid fracture of protruding teeth.
- Prevent impaction of cuspids with early expansion.
- Improve chances of good speech development.
- Improve oral health, improve function and alignment of the teeth and jaws
- A more attractive smile
- Improve the force distribution and wear patterns of the teeth
- May improve speech pattern, swallowing and lip closure
What causes orthodontic problems?
Most types of problems are due to a combination of inherited traits and environmental influences. Genetics, determine facial pattern, tooth size and space between teeth. Environmental influences can include habits (such as thumb sucking), tooth decay, trauma, diet, etc.
How long does treatment usually take?
Since everyone is different, some people may respond to treatment more quickly than others do. Generally, the active treatment time (wearing braces) ranges from one to two years depending on the complexity of the case. Are there less noticeable braces?
Yes, today's braces are significantly smaller and more efficient. In addition to metal, clear and colored braces are now available.