Orthodontic Appliances

Most people bring to mind traditional metal braces when one refers to "braces". However, there are mainly two types of orthodontic appliances: mobile and fixed.

Mobile appliances can be placed and removed by the patient himself, ie the patient has the opportunity to remove it from his mouth whenever he wishes, thus making the level of cooperation in the observance of the instructions an important factor in its therapeutic efficacy. They are used both in the prevention and repair of orthodontic problems.

There are appliances that can only be placed on one jaw. They are used either to move individual or group of teeth, or to retain a complete orthodontic treatment. One of their most common applications is in the transverse widening of a narrow jaw (mobile extensions) which leads to a variety of closure problems. There are also appliances that are placed between the two dental arches (functional appliances) and harmonize their relationship, that is, they help us to solve some dental and skeletal abnormalities in children and teens.

Fixed orthodontic appliances, are "stuck" in the teeth and are placed / removed only by the orthodontist. The "braces" (orthodontic brackets) contain in their construction features of high technology and engineering , are welded by the orthodontist to a specific position on the surface of your teeth and are attached to the orthodontic wires which pass through a special notch. In the last teeth (1 the and 2 the molars) of many patients metal rings are welded which surround the tooth and offer better retention. Traditional "braces" can be metal, mostly made of stainless steel or titanium or transparent-aesthetic (ceramic, porcelain or polycrystalline) or braces "that are glued to the inner (lingual) surface of the teeth.

Visit our office to discuss in detail the treatment options that are best for you, according to your own personal wishes and needs.