TYPES OF BRACES
TRADITIONAL METAL BRACES:
The most common type of braces move your teeth using high-grade stainless steel brackets and arch wires. With metal braces, you get to choose colored elastics to add to your brackets at each appointment.
Ceramic brackets that work similarly to the metal braces but provide a more discrete look.
A series of invisible and removable acrylic trays that can improve the alignment of your teeth.
EARLY TREATMENT: (Phase 1)
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that all children be seen by an orthodontist no later than age seven. This initial evaluation may reveal that your child’s bite is fine or we may identify a developing problem that needs to be monitored and treated at an optimal time in the child’s growth and development. In some cases, early treatment is indicated to correct problems that are most successfully corrected during the early growing years. Some problems cannot be corrected orthodontically if not detected and treated early (before puberty).
THE BENEFITS OF EARLY TREATMENT
For those patients who have clear indications for early intervention, early treatment presents the opportunity to:
Influence jaw growth in a positive manner.
Harmonize width of the dental arches
Improve eruption patterns
Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors
Correct harmful oral habits
Improve esthetics and self-esteem.
Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT: (Phase 2)
Not all patients seen by age 7 will be candidates for early treatment. Patients that do not need Phase I treatment will be monitored during their growth and development and Phase II treatment will be initiated as needed when most or all permanent teeth have erupted.
Keep your smile beautiful by wearing your retainers! When the braces come off, the retainers must be worn to preserve the results. Retainers are important to prevent shifting that normally occurs as a result of growth and aging.
The day the braces come off you will be given a clear set of Essix retainers that will be worn every night. Hawley retainers (traditional retainers with wire and acrylic) can be made by an outside lab at the patient’s request if they do not prefer the Essix retainers.
Some patients prefer to have a retainer glued in behind the front teeth to help prevent relapse.