Types of Braces

Metal Braces Traditional Metal Braces Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique […]

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Types of Appliances

Elastics (Rubber Bands) Did you know that improper rubber band wear is the number one cause of treatment delays and poor treatment outcomes in orthodontics? Orthodontists can straighten the upper teeth and the lower teeth in the office, but rubber bands are usually what improves how the upper teeth and lower teeth fit together. Be […]

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Retainer Instructions

  Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Take your retainers out when eating, and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.) Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the […]

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TADS

Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear. How are TADs placed? A strong anesthetic is used to numb the […]

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Emergency Care

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the […]

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