Braces are used to assist in aligning and straightening teeth in order to not only improve appearance, but improve a person’s bite. Having braces isn’t just about improving your smile; it’s also about improving your overall dental health. Orthodontics may be used to correct malocclusion, overbite, underbites, cross bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and other flaws of the teeth and jaws. Braces may be used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help with making corrections to a person’s bite.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options to help correct the above issues, and there are a number of techniques and products available that were not available just a few short years ago. The patient experience has improved and today’s options are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
Self-Ligating Metal Braces
RTO utilizes the most technologically advanced self ligated braces available. Our brackets all have small doors that hold the arch wire in place. This decreases friction, increases comfort and most importantly can decrease treatment time.
Clear Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are a popular choice for adults and older teens.. Our Self Ligated ceramic brackets dramatically reduce the appearance of braces. They are made out of a translucent material that will not stain with eating or drinking.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Once treatment is complete, a retainer is worn for a period of time, usually just at night. The retainer helps maintain the new smile and also allows for small adjustments, if needed, once the braces have been removed.
Rapid Palatal Expanders
An upper palatal expander is a common and efficient way to widen a narrow jaw. Whether the narrow palate was caused by an airway problem, tongue posture, thumb sucking, or genetics, an expander will help the upper jaw grow to the appropriate width by slowly widening the palate. This also allows for the permanent teeth to erupt safely, relieve crowding and create a wider and more beautiful smile.
Herbst Repositioning Appliance
A Herbst Appliance repositions the jaw over time to create proper alignment and an improved profile.