How do we move teeth? Either through Braces or Clear Aligners:
Why braces? Braces continue to be the gold standard in terms of an orthodontists ability to move teeth. Some tooth movements are just not predictable with clear aligners and therefore braces need to be used to achieve good results.
Braces technology has come a long way since most parents were treated. We have invested in implementing the latest braces innovations in our practice all in an effort to provide our patients with the best treatment possible.
What types of braces do you offer?:
1. Empower SL & Empower Clear
How are your brackets different from most other offices?
All orthodontic brackets (braces) have a slot in which a wire is inserted to produce tooth movement. Most brackets hold the wire in place with a rubber ligature or a wire tie. This is where the “colors” come from on braces. Our office uses a more sophisticated bracket design known as “self-ligating” brackets. These brackets use a titanium clip to hold the wire in place rather than a piece of rubber.
What is the advantage of self-ligating brackets over traditional brackets?
Self-ligating (SL) brackets offer several advantages. The Empower SL brackets are smaller and therefore more comfortable and easier to clean around. The hold of the wire in place with a clip is more precise resulting in more accurate and efficient tooth movement. Unlike rubber ligatures the metal clip never degrades in its ability to hold the wire in place resulting in less appointments to complete treatment. Self-ligating brackets also have less friction between the wire and brackets meaning lighter forces are required to move teeth resulting in greater comfort for the patient. If you would like a less noticeable version of the Empower SL bracket we offer Empower Clear. These brackets possess all the SL advantages over traditional brackets and will never stain like traditional clear brackets maintaining the clear color throughout treatment.
How do you put the braces on my teeth?
Traditionally brackets were placed by the orthodontist one by one directly on the patient’s teeth. This method is time consuming for the patient and allows for potential errors in bracket positioning. Our office performs what is known as “indirect bonding” (IDB). IDB is a process for customizing the bracket position for each and every patient. We use the digital scan taken during our initial examination to create a digital representation of the teeth. Then we customize the bracket position on each patient to produce precision tooth movements. Once we have completed the bracket position setup we then 3D print a custom tray that allows us to place braces exacting where intended. The IDB method allows for perfect bracket placement resulting in more efficient treatment, less bracket breakage, and less office appointments.
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are a removable alternative to traditional braces orthodontics. They work by moving teeth with a series of computer software designed plastic trays. These trays are removable and changed on a weekly basis and over time the teeth are moved into ideal alignment.
Why would I choose clear aligners over braces?
- clear aligners are “clear” and much less noticeable than braces
- aligners can be removed to eat, brush, and floss making them more hygienic
- you avoid the occasional wire poke or broken bracket associated with braces
- aligners eliminate the need for braces wire changes therefore requiring less office visits
Not every patient is a candidate for clear aligner treatment. Dr. Varble will let you know in the consultation appointment if clear aligners are a good option. We offer many options when it comes to clear aligners. You may have heard of Invisalign, the most widely known clear aligner treatment. Dr. Varble is a certified Invisalign provider for both teens and adults. We offer a wide variety of customized clear aligner options in our office.
ALIGNER SIMULATION BEFORE:
ALIGNER SIMULATION AFTER: