Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. The type of Metal brackets we use are the Mini Sprint Brackets by Forestadent USA. Forestadent USA’s innovative products are known around the globe for precision, dependability and comfort.
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene because ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. Not only adults, but more and younger patients are now calling for unobtrusive treatment using aesthetic materials. The new GLAM bracket from Forestadent USA enables you to fulfil this wish without fear of compromise. Due to its novel ceramic structure this one piece bracket is totally inconspicuous: Whereas the smooth surfaces of many ceramic brackets cause harsh reflections which attract unwanted attention, the gentle opalescence of the GLAM’s surface is completely matt and beautifully discreet. A further winning feature of the GLAM brackets is their outstanding translucence. Since they possess no dominant color of their own, GLAM brackets blend in with the natural shade of the patient’s dentition.
Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth and are therefore “invisible” when you smile. Lingual braces are surprisingly comfortable and are perfect for people who want a beautiful smile but don’t want to show that they are wearing braces. They are a very reasonable option for athletes, models, actors/actresses, musicians who play wind instruments, and adult professionals. The Forestadent USA 2d Lingual Brackets we use are the worlds flattest bracket with the total thickness of 1.3 to 1.65mm. In combination with its round edges and smooth surfaces, it is the number one bracket in terms of patient comfort.
Invisible (Clear) Orthodontic Appliances
Orchestrate 3D Clear Aligners
Clear custom aligners are a state-of-the art alternative to traditional braces that can give you a straighter, more confident smile without wires or brackets. This treatment involves a series of clear, removable, custom made aligners that gradually move your teeth just like braces do. Dr. Todd Ehrler utilizes a unique digital planning system (Orchestrate 3D) for clear custom aligners. This gives him a precise roadmap for your planned tooth movement and individual outcome. Handling this important step himself gives Dr. Ehrler complete control over your aligners because he isn’t relying on an outside dental lab. You can count on your custom-fit aligners to be comfortable throughout your treatment.
Orchestrate Remote Aligner treatment
What is Orchestrate Remote Aligner treatment? We know that you are busy and finding time to visit our office may be a challenge. One of the amazing things about the Orchestrate technology is that we can straighten your teeth without having to actually come in to the office! This is perfect for those away at college or busy with work. After intraoral scans are taken you simply will take photographs of your teeth and email them to Dr Todd. He can then straighten your teeth in the computer and then mail your next set of aligners directly to you. To find out if you are a candidate for this revolutionary treatment upload photos of your teeth and we will provide you with a complimentary examination and cost estimate.
Dr. Todd is now using Propel technology to speed up treatment time. Propel is a micro-invasive treatment that uses micro-osteoperforations to stimulate the bone to remodel faster therefore “Excellerate” your tooth movement. Propel can be used with any type of orthodontic appliance, whether braces or aligners. Propel is done during your regular office visit and allows you to have fewer appointments. For more information on Propel please visit propelorthodontics.com.