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Types of Braces and Appliances

Types of Braces

  • Introduction
  • Ceramic Braces
  • Clarity™
  • Clear Aligners
  • ClearCorrect™
  • Damon®
  • Damon® Clear™
  • Empower®
  • Gold Braces
  • Incognito™
  • In-Ovation® C
  • In-Ovation® R
  • Insignia™
  • Inspire ICE™
  • Invisalign®
  • Invisalign® Teen
  • Lingual Braces
  • Metal Braces
  • Mini Diamond Braces
  • Mini-Twin Braces
  • Self-Ligating Braces
  • SmartClip™
  • SPEED System
  • SureSmile®
  • Victory Series™ Braces
  • WildSmiles

Appliances

Hawley Retainer

HawleyThe Hawley retainer, one of the most common types, is a removable retainer made of a combination of metal wires and sturdy acrylic, and is designed to keep your teeth in place. This retainer is specially made from impressions of your teeth so that it fits snugly and comfortably in the roof of your mouth, while any wire or acrylic framing keeps your teeth in perfect position. The acrylic can also be personalized with a large number of colors and/or patterns.

Retainer Color Planner

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Patients can personalize their wrap-around retainers by choosing from a large number of colors and/or patterns for the acrylic piece. To help you decide which color you want, click on each color and preview your design before your appointment!

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Essix Retainer

essixThe Essix retainer is a transparent removable retainer that fits over the entire arch of teeth. Similar to Invisalign® trays, Essix retainers have no wires. They are inexpensive and easier to wear. They can be used for other treatments as well, including tooth movement and bridges.

Lingual Bonded Retainer

lingualBonded lingual retainers are cemented directly to the inside surface of your lower canines (eye teeth). This is one of the best ways to prevent your lower teeth from shifting as it is permanently attached! Patients with bonded lingual retainers must be careful with their bite as the bonding material may break due to incorrect biting and cause teeth to shift quickly. As with removable retainers, it is important to keep them clean. When brushing, make sure to carefully clean the inside of your lower teeth as well as the wire.
If your retainer breaks at any time during treatment, please do not adjust it yourself. Call us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment.

Forsus

forsusThe Forsus appliance is used in order to help move the upper molars back while moving the lower arch forward. Composed of a spring coil rod, the appliance is used while a patient is currently wearing braces. It runs from the upper first molar band down to the lower archwire.

You may notice some discomfort initially, so we recommend a soft food diet for the first few days after the appliance is placed. Regular anti-inflammatory medication may help with any pain, if needed. It is important to keep the appliance clean; you may do this by carefully brushing the coil and other metal pieces of the appliance. Also, we recommend that patients not open their mouths very wide, as the appliance may come apart.

If your Forsus appliance breaks, please contact our office immediately to schedule a repair appointment.

Rapid Palatal Expander

Attached to the upper molars through bonding or by cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic device used to create a wider space in the upper jaw. It is typically used when the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch.

When patients are still growing, their connective tissue between the left and right halves of their upper jaw is very responsive to expansion. By simply activating the expander through turning a screw in the center, with a special key we provide, gradual outward pressure is placed on the left and right halves of the upper jaw. This pressure causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in an increased width.

Rapid Palatal Expander

Reverse Pull Headgear

Reverse headgearOften referred to as reverse-pull headgear, the protraction face mask is a removable appliance for patients where the upper jaw is not growing fast enough, resulting in a crossbite or underbite. The device consists of a metal bar attached to pads on the forehead and chin with rubber bands hooked to the face mask and the upper braces to gradually move the upper jaw forward. Patient compliance is extremely important as the face mask must be worn a set number of hours per day or more to obtain the desired results. The face mask device is generally worn for six to 12 months.

Lucas Orthodontics

  • Buffalo Grove - 1401 McHenry Rd., Suite 221, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 Phone: (847) 955-9444
  • Lake in the Hills - 4520 W. Algonquin Rd., Suite 201, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156 Phone: (224) 241-8778

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