Appliances

Invisalign

The Invisalign System is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by an incredibly complex and exacting computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adults and teenagers with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.

The Doctors of Reichheld Ting Orthodontics have been recognized as an Invisalign Elite Provider, placing them among the top one percent of Invisalign practitioners in North America.

“Elite Provider status indicates to our patients and to the community that not only are we among the most experienced Invisalign practices in the country, but we are also committed to staying current with the latest Invisalign treatment techniques,” said Dr. Reichheld.
Invisalign Prefered
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Braces

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common brackets. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and attractive. Reichheld Ting Orthodontics uses an incredibly specialized bracket that decreases friction. Self-litigating brackets allow for a significantly increased comfort level and decreased treatment time.

Metal Braces

Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. Low in friction and high in smile they are a wonderful way to minimize the metal associated with wearing braces.

Ceramic Braces

Food Guidelines

Avoid any hard, sticky or chewy foods.

Hard: Popcorn, nuts, peanut brittle, ice, corn chips, Doritos, pretzels, bagels, subrolls, pizza crust, hard candy, lollipops, jawbreakers, etc. Corn may be eaten as long as it is cut off the cob first. Slice hard fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples into bite size pieces and chew on your back teeth. Sticky: Gum (sugarless, Freedent and Stick Free gum), caramel, taffy, gumdrops, Starbursts, Gummy Bears, Sugar Daddy, Charleston Chew, Snickers, Fruit Roll Ups, etc. Chewy: Beef jerky, Slim Jims, granola bars. Meats such as chicken, steak, spare ribs, and pork chops may be eaten but please cut meat from the bone. Hints: Instead of biting down into foods with your front teeth, you may find it easier to use a fork and knife to cut food into bite size pieces. One way to damage your appliances is picking at them or playing with them. Chewing on pens and pencils can cause brackets to break. Remember: If anything becomes loose or broken, call the office as soon as possible for instructions.

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Separators/Spacers

Separators are little rubber elastics which fit in between your back teeth. They gently open small spaces between these teeth so that bands can be placed at your next visit. Your teeth may be sensitive. Any discomfort should disappear in a few days. To relieve any soreness, Tylenol or what you normally take for a headache would be fine. Foods that are sticky or chewy like gum should be avoided. Please continue to brush regularly and floss only between teeth that do not have separators in them. If a separator happens to fall out, don’t worry, enough space has been made. If you have any questions, please call during our regular office hours. A lost separator does not have to be replaced.

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Palatal Expander

The palatal expander is used to widen your narrow top jaw. It is usually painless, but some pressure may be felt as the expander is activated.

1. Your appliance needs to be activated each a day, for the number of turns you have been instructed to apply.

a. Insert the key into the hole in the middle of the appliance.

b. Gently and steadily push the key toward the back of your mouth. Push it as far back as possible.

c. Remove the key towards the back of your throat trying not to pull forward which would reverse the previous turn!

2. You will experience a tingling sensation around your nose for a minute.

3. After several turns (or after several days), you may notice a space between your front teeth. This is a good sign!! This is only temporary and will be closed.

4. Be sure to keep your appliance free of food particles.

a. You can do this by brushing your appliance while you brush your teeth, by directing your toothbrush towards the roof of your mouth.

b. Rinsing with a glass of water will also help loosen food particles which my become lodged on the top of your expander.

5. If at any time you experience discomfort that does not go away or if your appliance becomes loose, please call the office.

6. If for any reason you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, do not activate your appliance beyond the instructed number of turns.

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Elastics

Elastics help us move your teeth by a gentle but continuous force. Teeth move best when elastics are worn consistently.

Rules to follow:

  • Elastics need to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your teeth to move.
  • If possible, leave elastics on while eating to gain maximum benefit.
  • Remove elastics to brush your teeth. Change them once a day because they lose their strength. It’s a good idea to leave elastics in the same area when you brush your teeth. This way you will see them and remember to put them back on.
  • ALWAYS carry elastics with you so that if an elastic breaks you will be able to replace it right away.
  • Your teeth may be a little tender for a couple of days. If you wear them as instructed, any discomfort will soon disappear. If you take them on and off, your teeth will never get a chance to become accustomed to them, and your teeth will always be sore. Please call the office if you run low and we will gladly mail some to you.

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Teeth move best when elastics are worn consistently. Click on the left movie to see how teeth will move when elastics are worn 24/7. Click on the right movie to see what can happen if elastics are only worn some of the time.

Poor Elastics
Good Elastics

Oral Hygiene and Broken Brackets

Compliance is the key to success in orthodontics. Poor brushing and excessive breakage of brackets will result in longer treatment, compromised outcomes, cavities and staining of the teeth. Braces can sometimes come loose from the teeth. If this happens, just given us a call to help determine the best time to repair it. Clean teeth move faster, more predictably and will never be stained or decayed. We will help you learn the proper way to brush and floss with braces!

Teeth move best when elastics are worn consistently. Click on the left movie to see how teeth will move when elastics are worn 24/7. Click on the right movie to see what can happen if elastics are only worn some of the time.

Broken Braces
Poor Hygiene

Retainers

Retainers are used to hold your teeth in their corrected position. There are two types: removable and fixed (bonded in place) retainers. We will recommend the style that we feel will maintain your correction best.

To keep your teeth in their new position, your retainers should be worn 24 hours a day for one week, then at night while you sleep. We will instruct you further when you may reduce wearing time. ALWAYS keep your retainers in your case when eating. NEVER leave them on a lunch tray, in a pocket, or wrapped in a napkin. Any of these situations may result in losing or breaking your retainers. When brushing your teeth, be sure to brush you retainers also. (Remember plaque can also form on your retainers, so keep them clean.) Use your toothbrush, toothpaste, and cold water. Never boil or use hot water as this could damage your retainers. Your speech may be affected the first few days of wearing your retainers. Reading aloud to yourself can help you become more accustomed to your retainers and will allow your speech to quickly return to normal. To assure a proper fit, it is very important to bring your retainers to your appointments so they may be adjusted. To avoid a charge for broken or lost retainers, please handle with care!

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Retainers

Dental Development

This short video shows how your teeth develop and when they erupt into place.Dental Development

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