Made of metal, plastic, or a combination of the two, space maintainers are simple pediatric dental appliances that ensure your child’s baby or incoming adult teeth don’t “migrate” out of place if a baby tooth is lost prematurely to decay or an injury. Fixed space maintainers are securely cemented onto adjacent teeth, while removable maintainers fit into your child’s mouth like an orthodontic retainer, with or without a prosthetic tooth. Our team can help you decide what space maintainer is the best option for your child’s age and developmental needs, and will continue to monitor your child’s dentition until their permanent teeth are ready to come in.
A palate expander is a fixed or removable dental appliance that’s used to broaden the cartilage of your child’s upper palate (maxilla) to encourage optimal facial growth and development and alignment of their adult teeth. Made of metal and plastic, a palate expander crosses the upper palate and has two halves, with a screw in the middle that creates gentle tension when gradually tightened with a special key. Once your child’s palate has expanded into its desired position, they’ll wear their palate expander for a few more months to enable their bone structure to adapt to its new position.
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Traditional metal braces use a system of orthodontic appliances that work together to gradually straighten teeth and correct malocclusion (or a “bad bite”), which describes when the upper and lower jaws are misaligned and teeth are crooked, crowded, overlapped, misaligned, or protruded. During the course of traditional braces treatment, our team will adjust, bend, or tighten the orthodontic appliances, strategically applying gentle torque to reposition the teeth into their optimal alignment. Orthodontic treatment time varies from patient to patient and is usually complete within 18 to 36 months.
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners and attachments to gradually straighten your or your teen’s teeth. Like braces, Invisalign treats malocclusion (misalignments in the jaws and teeth) by applying strategic torque to incrementally reposition teeth. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth and are removable for eating, brushing, and flossing (for no more than two to four hours a day). Treatment time varies from patient to patient, with an average of 12 to 18 months for treatment completion.