TADs, or temporary anchorage devices, are implants placed before braces and removed afterwards. The purpose of these devices can vary, but the goal is generally to ease more complex tooth movements. Here is more about temporary anchorage devices and the ways that patients benefit from them.
Overview of Temporary Anchorage Devices
These devices are much like permanent dental implants, but they are used for mounting braces instead of replacing teeth. They are essentially titanium-alloy screws, and they are placed in the jaw during a short procedure at our office. As soon as bite correction is complete, our orthodontist removes the devices during another short appointment. Thanks to local anesthesia and sedation options, these procedures are comfortable for patients.
Why Temporary Anchorage Devices Are Used
Several goals are supported by temporary anchorage devices. For example, these devices may be advised for uprighting molars, closing larger spaces between teeth and moving teeth downwards into the gums. Particularly for the most severe bite irregularities, temporary anchorage devices can speed treatment by preventing movement of other teeth in the process. At the same time, these devices can eliminate the need for unsightly orthodontic appliances, such as headgear, which many patients prefer to avoid. In some cases, using temporary anchorage devices can let patients avoid surgery.
Temporary anchorage devices are convenient, effective additions to braces treatment for many patients. These devices can shorten and simplify bite correction for patients who need them. To learn more about temporary anchorage devices and their benefits, patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist.
Self-ligating braces, such as Damon braces, have different brackets from those of conventional braces. As a result, they offer impressive benefits related to treatment speed, comfort, and other factors. Below is a look at how this popular treatment works and what it offers patients of all ages.
Overview of These Braces
This treatment uses self-ligating brackets, which are smaller than conventional brackets. Thanks to self-ligation, these newer brackets let the arch wire move freely. This is a key feature compared to conventional braces, which are designed to accommodate rubber bands that hold the arch wire stationary.
How Self-Ligation Works
The smaller size of self-ligating brackets means that this treatment is more discreet, making it a good choice for patients who do not want their braces to be obvious. Thanks to the moving wires, patients enjoy more comfort throughout treatment. This is particularly true after placement and tightening visits. Finally, patients benefit from the faster treatment that self-ligating provides. Depending on the bite irregularities involved, patients may receive significant reductions in the time required for a new smile.
On top of the smaller size offered, many self-ligating options, such as Damon braces, can be made with ceramic brackets. As a result, recipients get an even greater improvement in discretion when they choose self-ligation. Because self-ligating brackets do not use aligners, a broader range of patients are candidates for this treatment compared to Invisalign. Patients who want to learn more about self-ligating orthodontics can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.
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Propel orthodontics make it easier for braces to straighten teeth, resulting in faster results for patients. The way Propel works is through alveocentesis, which essentially involves stimulation of growth in the tissues that hold teeth stationary. Below, you can read more about Propel and its benefits.
What Propel Does
Acceleration of bite correction with Propel is achieved by making small perforations in the alveolar bone surrounding teeth. This was once only done with surgery, which required a healing period afterwards. Propel is a simple procedure that eliminates the need for recovery and works with all types of braces. Depending on the patient, Propel may reduce total treatment time by half or more.
The Propel Instrument
Our dentist uses a patented handheld instrument to perform Propel treatments. Each session is performed with a new instrument tip, ensuring safety for patients. The instrument is also calibrated specifically for the individual and the bite corrections that they need.
Candidacy for Propel
About four out of five patients are candidates for Propel. Because Propel reduces orthodontic treatment time so much, it can be especially beneficial for patients who have severe bite irregularities. However, any patient is likely to prefer shorter treatment time when possible.
Propel is performed in short sessions and does not require patients to wear anything unusual during their braces treatment. Therefore, it can be a great choice with discreet braces, as well as more conventional options. Patients can contact our orthodontist to learn more about Propel treatment at our dental office.
Osteoperforation is the practice of making small perforations in the bone that supports the teeth in order to speed orthodontic changes. In the past, similar effects were only achieved with surgery, which required a healing period. Propel, the method our dentist uses for making these perforations, can be combined with any type of braces for faster results.
What Propel Achieves
By making perforations in the alveolar bone, Propel causes the tissues to release large amounts of cytokines, or inflammatory molecules. The cytokines cause the bone to remodel much more quickly during braces treatment. In fact, treatment time can be reduced by half or more depending on the patient.
How Propel Is Performed
Patients receiving Propel visit our dentist for a short appointment at the beginning of orthodontic treatment. Our dentist applies local anesthetic and uses the Propel device, calibrated for the individual, to make small perforations in the gums. No recovery time is required, so Propel is very convenient for all patients.
About eighty percent of patients can receive Propel with their orthodontic treatment. While patients with the most severe bite irregularities may benefit the most from Propel, other patients can also frequently use the process for an even faster route to a better, healthier smile.
The majority of patients can get Propel to reduce treatment time with metal braces, Invisalign and other orthodontics. At a consultation with our dentist, patients can learn more about the Propel process and find out if they are candidates for this treatment.
For patients with crooked teeth, orthodontics offer improved oral health, appearance, and comfort. These benefits are the same at any age, but having treatment performed during a specific stage can be beneficial depending on the patient. Here are some things that affect the best time for braces.
Most Benefits Are Similar Across Age Groups
No matter how young or old orthodontic patients are, they can expect similar benefits. Some patients are more concerned with their oral health, smile, or comfort, but these improvements all arrive regardless of the timing of treatment.
Early Orthodontic Treatment
For kids, braces can offer more than the standard benefits. Bite correction in children is also frequently focused on guiding their future orofacial development. Not only does early treatment give kids a head start on direct benefits, but it may ultimately give them greater improvements as their teeth and jaws reach their full potential later.
Braces in Adults
Orthodontic treatment can take slightly longer in adults because their jaws are finished growing, and therefore more solidly set. Still, the results are permanent, and the popularity of braces among adults continues to increase. One particular benefit of braces for adults is that straight teeth are less likely to fall out later in life.
For patients whose bite irregularities are found during childhood, early orthodontic treatment can be beneficial. However, treatment can be worthwhile at any age, and adults also frequently seek braces today. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out about the benefits that braces might hold for them.
Temporary anchorage devices, or
TADs, are basically orthodontic implants used to anchor braces. These devices are implanted in the gums at the start of treatment and removed afterwards. Not all patients need temporary anchorage devices, but those who do may get the following benefits from them.
Prevention of Unwanted Tooth Movements
Straightening teeth with braces involves pulling teeth with wires that are connected to other teeth, which act as anchors. Major movements can actually cause those anchoring teeth to move, making more corrections necessary later. Temporary anchorage devices eliminate this issue by providing separate points of anchorage.
Speeding of Treatment
By taking steps out of treatment for certain patients, these devices can make treatment shorter. The time saved can vary with the patient, but can be significant in many cases.
Elimination of Need for Headgear
Headgear has been a traditional solution to stubborn tooth movements. Today, such movements are addressed with temporary anchorage devices instead. Many patients prefer this more aesthetically pleasing and convenient method.
Eligibility is determined on an individual basis, but temporary anchorage devices are generally only used for patients who have permanent teeth, who are free of active gum disease. Patients can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist in Houston to learn more about this treatment at Antoine Dental Center.
Incognito is a special type of lingual braces made by 3M. While the placement and principles are similar to those of regular lingual braces, the structure of the braces is unique. Here is how the treatment works.
Bite Impressions and Customization
The first step towards Incognito is the taking of bite impressions, which are used to construct the Incognito brackets. These brackets are made of gold and shaped to match the inward-facing surfaces of the teeth.
Bonding and Wiring
Next, the Incognito brackets are bonded to the backs of the teeth and cured in place. Our dentist then threads these brackets with arch wires and tightens the wires appropriately. At this point, bite correction can start taking place.
At visits scheduled throughout treatment, patients return to have their arch wires tightened by our orthodontist in Houston. This tightening ensures that bite correction proceeds as planned. Finally, after a period ranging from one to two years for most patients, the process is complete and the braces are removed by our dentist.
The majority of patients in all age groups can receive Incognito as long as their teeth are large enough to support the brackets. At a consultation with our Incognito braces dentist in Houston, you can find out if you are eligible for this treatment.
There is no question that Invisalign is one of the most popular orthodontic treatments available today. However, treatments should be assessed in terms of effectiveness in every case, and Invisalign is no exception. Here is an overview of how effective Invisalign is in the ways that matter.
Discretion is easily the major selling point of Invisalign, and the treatment definitely succeeds in this respect. The clear Invisalign aligners are far less visible than treatments that use brackets and wires. Kept clean, the clear plastic is completely transparent and difficult to see in any light from any angle.
As with other orthodontics, the goal of Invisalign is to correct bite irregularities. Fortunately, Invisalign is also generally very effective at this, as well. Most issues that metal braces can correct can also be addressed with this treatment. In fact, Invisalign usually works in less time overall.
Protecting Oral Health
Invisalign, like other treatments, results in teeth that are less prone to oral health problems. However, during the process of bite correction, Invisalign is actually better for the teeth and gums. This is because the aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, allowing for total access to all areas of the mouth.
Most patients in age groups from adolescence onward are eligible for Invisalign. Effectiveness for individuals does vary, but this can be determined accurately with an exam. You can schedule a consultation with our Invisalign dentist to find out if you are a candidate for this treatment.
Today, patients are likely to have multiple options when they pursue braces. These include treatments that are less obvious and uncomfortable than metal braces, the old-fashioned standard. Here are key details on the most popular orthodontic choices today.
The most popular example of clear braces is Invisalign. Nearly all orthodontic issues are correctable using clear braces, so most adults and teens are candidates. Not only are these braces amazingly discreet, but they also are more comfortable than braces that use brackets. Many patients also appreciate the faster results that clear braces offer.
Discreet Braces With Brackets
Several treatments use brackets, but manage to be more discreet thanks to special materials or placement. For example, ceramic braces use tooth-colored brackets rather than metal ones. Self-ligating braces, a type of ceramic orthodontics, also use smaller brackets and let the wires move freely. Lingual braces are also discreet because they are placed on the backs of teeth, not the fronts.
Traditional Metal Braces
These braces may not be discreet, but they are the most versatile treatment and often the most affordable. Patients of all ages can receive metal braces, which are the most adept at correcting severe orthodontic issues.
If your teeth are crooked, you may be able to have them straightened in a variety of ways. Innovations in recent years have expanded options far beyond metal braces. By scheduling a consultation with our dentist you can learn more about all of your orthodontic treatment options.
Risks of dental problems rise during orthodontic treatment because braces can trap food particles and plaque. With enough focus on oral hygiene, however, this risk can be managed. Here is what you should do to keep your teeth healthy while you wear braces.
Brush Correctly and Frequently
A soft-bristled toothbrush is best in general, but it is especially important during orthodontic treatment as it’s gentle on the brackets and wires. In addition to brushing your teeth at night, you should brush after meals to eliminate any food that becomes stuck around your braces. Be sure to brush from multiple angles to reach the areas behind the brackets and wires.
Floss Every Day
Flossing does become more complicated when you have braces, but its benefits outweigh the time it takes. A floss threader can be used to quickly get the floss behind the wires. With the exception of this special step, the flossing process remains the same as ever.
Get Check-Ups Regularly
You should continue to have your teeth examined and cleaned at our office on a regular basis during orthodontic treatment. If any problems are found, our dentist can suggest and schedule treatment. Our dentist can also make recommendations on oral hygiene if necessary.
Oral hygiene can vary with orthodontic treatments. For example, Invisalign has removable aligners, so the acts of brushing and flossing can be performed as usual. To learn more about keeping your teeth and gums healthy while you wear braces, you can schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Nazari.