Our Appliances at Gardner Orthodontics
At Gardner Orthodontics, our team makes sure that you receive excellent and quality care. We also make sure that each patient has several options when it comes to their orthodontic needs. That’s why we offer a variety of modern and innovative appliances that ensure comfort, optimal health and beautiful results. Learn more about the appliances we offer and trust Dr. Roberta Gardner and her team when it comes to improving your smile!
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, the archwire that guides your teeth into place is held in place with elastic Oties. The Oties not only come in silver but also a very wide variety of colors to make your treatment fun and colorful.
Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of O ties. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastic Oties to help the archwire guide teeth into place. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal or clear brackets.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Invisalign is a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. In addition, brushing and flossing are a lot easier.
Palatal expanders are fixed appliances that widen the upper jaw to correct crossbites. Typically, they are used in growing children. As the screw in the appliances is activated, small increments of skeletal expansion occur.
Herbst and Forsus
Days of headgear wear are long gone thanks to the Herbst and Forsus appliances. Overbite correction is easier, faster,and virtually unseen as these appliances are fixed to the teeth and are entirely in your mouth.
Some minor tooth movement can be accomplished with removable retainers. Known as spring retainer, these appliances will accomplish minor tooth repositioning if worn as directed.
Temporary anchorage devices
One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. TADs are tiny miniscrews which are inserted into specific areas in the mouth and used as anchors. These devices help move teeth in cases where, prior to TADs, the movement would have been difficult, lengthy, or even impossible.