Types Of Braces At Your Walnut Grove Orthodontist
If you are an adult or teenager looking at your options for braces, our team & Certified Specialist in Orthodontics are here to help. We can help you find an orthodontic solution that works best for you!
We offer modern options for brackets to help make braces look less noticeable or work faster. Our team offers treatments such as Speed Brackets™, Iconix™ aesthetics braces, clear braces, lingual braces, or TADs.
Here are some examples of appliance systems that we employ at Walnut Grove Orthodontics.
There are orthodontic bracket systems that claim to be faster. This is supported if that refers to the time needed to change an orthodontic arch wire. However, treatment times themselves do not seem affected.
Care must be taken to avoid certain crunchy or sticky foods. Crunchy foods can pop brackets off the adhesive bonded to the tooth. Sticky foods can become trapped in the crevices around brackets and can cause cavities. More information can be found in Orthodontic Hygiene.
Metal brackets are the traditional braces which allow placement of coloured elastics.
Speed™ is a miniaturized self-ligating appliance which has a number of benefits. These benefits include: aesthetics, comfort, time savings in self-ligation of wires and precision in tooth movement due to the action of SPEED’s Super Elastic Spring Clip.
Iconix™ Aesthetic Braces
Iconix aesthetics braces deliver the beauty and comfort that you deserve. A light gold finish that blends beautifully with teeth for a low profile, comfortable design.
Translucent Damon braces are an alternative esthetic option.
The brackets are more expensive and the bone physiology and biomechanics are not modified by the bracket type. Regardless of the type of bracket used, when a tooth begins to move the force application is at the bracket wire interface. This creates forces called moments. These moments are largely responsible for a bind and release phenomenon which is responsible for orthodontic friction.
Dr. Standerwick was trained in the Damon system by Dr. Nelson R Diers if the desired bracket type is an issue.
Lingual braces are attached to the tongue side of the teeth. They provide a truly invisible esthetic option. There can be an adjustment phase for speech and phonetics.
In general, treatment requiring extraction of teeth will finish more effectively and efficiently with lingual braces versus sequential clear retainer systems like Invisalign.
We use the Ormco STb lingual bracket system.
Mini Implants or Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
Mini-implants offer fixed anchorage to assist the efficiency of your orthodontic treatment.
- Space closure for extraction cases or to avoid the need for dental implants when permanent teeth are congenitally missing
- Tooth uprighting
- Open bite correction alternative to orthognathic surgery
- Intrusion of teeth for Open-Bite Correction (See Before and After Photographs – Non-surgical Open-Bite)
- Class II molar correction with Mini-implants instead of headgear or extraction of permanent teeth
Below are the pictures of a TAD placed between Dr. Standerwick’s teeth!
There is a system that will overcome the bone biology. Wilckodontics, part of your Langley braces options, requires a surgical procedure to decorticate (make holes or troughs in the thick cortical bone around teeth) which is believed to cause a Regional Acceleratory Phenomenon (RAP). During the RAP, the bone remodelling rate is increased and allows an increase in the rate of tooth movement; theoretically, the risk of root resorption would be less (67% of the risk of root resorption is the genetic contribution of bone physiology). The surgical procedure requires and increased cost and the orthodontic fees are the same as treatment needs do not change but instead are accelerated.