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Types of Braces

 

Invisalign®

The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth.  This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems.  Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material.  Made from a hard ceramic material, these braces won’t stain or discolor. They are most popular with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.  The only drawback to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.

Herbst Appliance

One of the most common problems orthodontists treat is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower.  Ordinarily, when we see a patient with the upper teeth protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward but, more often than not, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be.  With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth and braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen.

Even though the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movement still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.

  
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