BRACES

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Still the most common type, metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel. They are also available in Gold color. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (‘o-ties’) for a more unique and colorful smile.

Clear/Ceramic Braces

Clear/Ceramic Braces

Clear braces offer an aesthetic alternative to our patients. They are nearly invisible, but function and feel just like traditional braces. Used mostly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns, these braces let the natural tooth shade emanate, resulting in superb aesthetics.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating Braces

These are essentially brackets that do not require tieing (or ligating) the arch wire into the bracket with the tiny colored ‘o-ties’. Self-ligating braces have less friction, which allows teeth to move smoothly and efficiently along the arch wire, resulting in less office visits, less discomfort, and better hygiene.

APPLIANCES

Palatal Expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time you turn the mini-screw. Dr. Garrett will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for ~6 months to hold the expansion and to prevent relapse.

Pendulum

Pendulum

A pendulum appliance is used to push your upper molar teeth back in the arch, to create space for crowded teeth or to reduce a large overjet. Dr. Garrett uses this appliance many times instead of Headgear or extraction of permanent teeth.

Herbst

Herbst

The Herbst appliance reduces overjet/overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about ~12 months. It has been successful in eliminating the need for lower jaw surgery due to a small, retrusive lower jaw in many patients.

TADs (Orthodontic Anchorage)

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are miniature screws that Dr. Garrett positions in the mouth to serve as fixed anchors for moving specific teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TADs significantly enhance treatment capabilities and can be effective in reducing treatment time, surgeries, or extractions. They eliminate the need for cumbersome appliances (e.g., headgear) and allow us to treat certain cases better and faster than ever before.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. You will likely wear them at some point during treatment, so wear rubber bands as instructed. They work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed and can dramatically shorten treatment time.

Separators (Spacers)

Separators (Spacers)

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that are placed between your back teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be fit during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Eating sticky foods and flossing can easily dislodge separators.