Types of Braces and Appliances

Types of Braces

Lingual Braces | Ceramic Braces | Metal Braces
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Types of Braces

 

lingual braces photoLingual Braces

Lingual braces are placed behind the upper and/or lower teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing effect. Because the brackets and archwire are actually placed at the back of your teeth, they are virtually undetectable, allowing you to retain your normal appearance for the duration of your treatment.

You doctor took courses specializing in the placement of these braces. They are custom made for your maxillofacial structure. While some patients note problems with speech initially, such problems generally disappear within a few weeks and with practice.

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ceramic braces photoCeramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. 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.

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metal braces photoMetal Braces

Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today's metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive.

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Types of Appliances

 

palatal expander appliance photoPalatal Expander

Widens the jaw to correct narrow bite towards the back of the jaw.

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nance holding arch appliance photoNance Button/Holding Arch

Prevents molars from moving forward.

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lower lingual holding arch appliance photoLower Lingual Holding Arch

Aids in space preservation and unraveling between baby and adult teeth.

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pendulum appliance photoPendulum

Pushes molars back.

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bite corrector appliance photoBite Corrector

Slides the lower teeth forward and the upper teeth back.

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bite jump appliance photoBite Jump

Corrects underbites in the front teeth in younger children.

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