TYPES OF BRACES

Metal Braces

Self-ligating metal braces are comprised of brackets that are affixed to teeth and wires that are threaded through slots in the brackets.  Some patients may also have metal bands encircling back teeth.  Built-in clips hold the wires to the brackets.  Metal brackets are generally made of stainless steel.  Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

Clear Ceramic Braces

Traditional ceramic braces are tooth-colored, making them next-to- invisible. They are affixed to teeth, and wires are threaded through slots in the brackets. Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings.” Brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

Invisalign

Invisalign® uses the latest 3-D computer technology to create your customized aligners. Your first step is a visit to Dr. Sherman and Dr. Balhoff, who are both Align Technology certified orthodontists. Together, you will then determine what you want to correct. Then, Dr. Sherman and Dr. Balhoff will send Align Technology precise treatment instructions. Invisalign® uses advanced computer technology to translate these instructions into a sequence of finely calibrated aligners–as few as 12 or as many as 48.

You’ll wear each aligner for about two weeks and only remove when eating, brushing and flossing. As you replace each aligner with the next, your teeth will move gradually–week by week, until they move into the final alignment. INVISALIGN

Invisalign Teen – Invisalign Teen can be used to treat the vast majority of young patients with erupting permanent teeth who want a better smile.
Four reasons to get started toward a beautiful smile today!

Invisalign Teen is:

  • Virtually Invisible
  • Removable
  • Comfortable
  • Affordable

Feel confident showing your smile, even while in treatment. There’s no need to worry about prom or school photos showing a metal mouth. Aligners won’t inhibit sports activity or musical instrument playing. You can remove them to eat what you want. More time may be afforded by fewer office visits, shorter appointments, and no “emergency” visits for broken or loose brackets and wires. INVISALIGN TEEN

Acceledent Aura

By inserting the mouthpiece fitted around your existing orthodontics and wearing the activator for 20 minutes everyday, AcceleDent Aura can speed up tooth movement through the use of SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and may help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.

Exclusive SoftPulse Technology® applied precisely calibrated micropulses to gently accelerate the movement of your teeth as they are guided by your orthodontics. Safe acceleration of the bone remodeling process complements conventional orthodontic treatment. Clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster. http://acceledent.com

Indirect Bonding

Traditionally orthodontic brackets or “braces” were applied to the teeth one at time. Today there is a technique that allows for all of your braces to be placed at the same time. This technique is known as Indirect Bonding. An extensive amount of time is required for Dr Sherman and Balhoff and our lab technician to prepare the Indirect Bonding trays. However, having all of your braces “ready to go” prior to your arrival translates into a shorter time “in the chair” for you.

“Indirect” describes the process of your braces initially applied one by one to a plaster model of your teeth rather than directly to your teeth. The braces are then easily transferred to your mouth as a complete set. The process of getting braces is dramatically shorter with Indirect Bonding. Because all of the measurements and positioning of the braces are done on a plaster model of your teeth rather than in your mouth, our Indirect Bonding process is much more comfortable and precise than traditional methods.

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