fixed or non-removable appliances

Braces

How do braces straighten crooked teeth?

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your "ideal" bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want your teeth to look after treatment.

The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind.

Attached to your braces, elastics (rubber bands) exert the proper force that creates the right amount of pressure to move teeth. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn as directed by Dr. Patel and changed everyday if directed accordingly.

Are you considering a decision of whether to extract or not to extract teeth?

If possible Dr. Patel would try to avoid any unnecessary extraction(s) of permanent teeth. New technologies coordinated with optimal treatment timing may eliminate the need for extractions in the great majority of our patients. However, Dr. Patel will determine whether or not extractions are necessary to achieve the desired end result after carefully assessing the patient’s diagnostic records.


Crowding Case Illustration Treatment by Non-Extraction Therapy

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After


Crowding Case Illustration Treatment by Extraction Therapy

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After


what are the different types of “braces” ?

“Braces” is a term that commonly refers to the bands, brackets, arch-wires, ligating modules (plastic “O” rings), steel ligatures and elastics that Dr. Patel uses to move your teeth. There are mainly two different types of brackets - metal and ceramic. The brackets are attached to the outer surface of the teeth with a special orthodontic bonding material. You may find it easier to just think of the brackets as being “specially glued” to your teeth.

Mini-Metal and Self-Ligating Brackets:

Metal braces are the most popular with kids and teenagers. They love using different colors of ligature ties. These braces are much smaller than ever before. Dr. Patel utilizes mini-metal braces. Newer self-ligating braces are also available.


Metal Braces with Colored Bands

Clear Brackets (“Sapphire Brackets):

The ceramic brackets are also sometimes called “clear braces” or “tooth colored braces”. Translucent clear ceramic braces are the most popular with adults and are increasingly becoming more popular with teenagers as well. You have to be very close to someone to be able to see them.


Clear Braces

Invisalign®:

These new appliances make your orthodontic treatment nearly invisible!

Dr. Patel is trained and certified in the use of Invisalign®

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Braces Invisalign®


Considering Invisalign® to get the beautiful straight teeth you've always wanted – without braces. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Patel can determine if Invisalign® is right for you.

What is Invisalign®?

Invisalign® uses a series of nearly invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing, so you can smile more during treatment as well as after treatment. Invisalign® is made with 3-D computer imaging technology, and has been proven effective.

Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing is seldom a problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign® also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Patel has prescribed. You'll visit with Dr.Patel, about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

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Fashionable Gold Brackets

Gold braces are stainless steel braces coated with 24 karat gold are also available!


Gold Braces






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