TYPES OF APPLIANCES
What works for one may not work for another, which is why we are always learning of new ways to give you your dream smile.
Because there is such a wide variety of possible orthodontic issues, there is also a number of necessary appliances available to resolve them. Listed below are the appliances that we most often use for our patients.
The most commonly recognized orthodontic appliance is metal braces. The majority of cases that we complete in our office will use metal brackets and wire to achieve the desired results.
Ceramic braces are a tooth-coloured version of the traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces are chosen by those that prefer their appliance to be less recognizable by others. Our ceramic bracket of choice is the 3M Clarity Advanced brackets. Although this is a great option for some, not all patients will be able to use them. If this is something you are interested in, we would be happy to discuss your options during your consultation.
Palatal expander appliances are used on patients who have a narrow upper jaw. This is a bonded appliance that is placed along the roof of the mouth to slowly grow the palate over the course of a few months. This is typically used in addition to traditional braces for a fully completed final result.
The Carriere appliance is used to correct misalignment in your bite. These are typically bonded to the upper first molars and canines, and are used in conjunction with lower braces and elastic bands. After the Carriere appliance has done it's job, upper braces will then replace them to finish the rest of treatment.
Invisalign is an esthetic alternative to braces that uses a series of custom aligner trays that the patient will progress through. Although more pleasing to the eye, Invisalign is also more limited in its capabilities and is not an option for all patients. If you are interested in starting treatment with Invisalign, we would be happy to discuss if this is the right option for you.