Comprehensive Orthodontic Services in Denver, CO
A classic and effective solution, metal braces have been the cornerstone of orthodontics for years. Dr. Gabe employs brackets crafted from a robust blend of stainless steel, nickel, and other metals. These brackets, equipped with hooks or doors, allow for the threading of a wire, which is then secured either by closing the door or placing an elastic over it.
The brackets are meticulously bonded to each tooth using a specialized cement. The wire, a pivotal component, is artfully bent and curved to guide your teeth to their desired positions. Depending on the individual treatment plan, this wire might connect to all upper or lower teeth or just a select few.
For those requiring bite correction, elastics come into play. These are strung between the upper and lower bracket hooks, exerting additional pressure on the jaw. Spacers, tiny elastic rings, are used by Dr. Gabe to create necessary spaces between teeth, especially before placing bands. Some patients might also see the use of orthodontic bands, stainless steel rings cemented to teeth, which serve as anchors for braces and other orthodontic devices.
Lastly, the vibrant touch! Elastic ties, also known as O-Rings, Ligatures, or simply ‘Colors’, are tiny rubber rings used to attach the archwire to the brackets. They come in a plethora of colors, adding a dash of fun to the orthodontic journey.
Ceramic (clear) braces offer the advantage of being less noticeable than their metal counterparts. However, they are slightly larger and demand a touch more care due to their delicate nature. While the ceramic brackets themselves are resistant to staining, the adhesive used for attachment can appear discolored over time. This potential discoloration can be mitigated with diligent oral hygiene and adherence to the treatment plan.
Certain foods and beverages, such as coffee, tea, red wine, and some condiments, have the potential to stain the clear elastic ties of the ceramic braces. But there’s no cause for alarm. Dr. Gabe ensures these elastics are replaced during your regular adjustment visits, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods with minimal restraint.
For those who desire a virtually invisible orthodontic solution, clear aligners are the way to go. These custom-made trays are designed to shift teeth into their desired positions gradually. They’re removable, allowing for easy cleaning and no dietary restrictions. Plus, without brackets or wires, they offer a smooth, comfortable fit, making them a favorite among adults and teens alike.
Union Orthodontics + Pediatric Dentistry crafts a digital model of your teeth in mere minutes, eliminating the need for traditional dental molds. From this, a tailored treatment plan is devised, offering a sneak peek into the transformative journey your teeth will undergo.
The aligners, crafted from Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack® material, are not only custom-made for a snug fit but are also virtually invisible. This ensures discreet treatment, allowing patients to confidently wear them for the recommended 20 to 22 hours daily, removing only for meals and oral hygiene.
As the treatment progresses, teeth gradually adjust their position. Typically, a new set of aligners is introduced every week to ten days, with periodic check-ins with Dr. Gabe to monitor the progress.