Treatment Options

Mini Master® Brackets – American Orthodontics

American Orthodontics’ Mini Master Series metal twin brackets bring you the quality and treatment reliability you demand. For more than 30 years, orthodontists around the world have trusted the quality of Mini Master Series brackets to deliver technologically advanced treatment, earning it a position as one of the best selling brackets in the industry. Mini Master’s visually intuitive design and bonding precision brings you a bracket you can count on for exceptional results.

Radiance Plus® – American Orthodontics

Radiance Plus is a clear orthodontic solution that allows you to confidently live your life while your teeth are being straightened. These exceptionally clear braces are appropriate for nearly every type of orthodontic need, and work continuously throughout treatment. Whether you’re at work or at play, Radiance Plus delivers your ideal smile with no interruption to your treatment or active lifestyle.

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Iconix® Aesthetic Braces – American Orthodontics

Iconix stainless steel champagne colored brackets truly offer the best of both worlds - the durability of stainless steel and the aesthetics of "white" gold. A unique proprietary process ensures these brackets will stay champagne for the duration of treatment. When matched with gold wire and clear ligatures, Iconix offers a complete patient pleasing cosmetic system that requires literally no sacrifice on your part.

Self-Ligating Braces – American Orthodontics Empower®

Similar to traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces use the same size high-grade, stainless steel metal bracket and archwire system. However, the brackets for self-ligating braces use a specialized clip instead of elastics to hold wires in place. The wire is fed through the bracket on each tooth and guides teeth into place by pushing or pulling them depending on the movement desired. The clip reduces the amount of pressure on the tooth, and requires fewer appointments because there are no elastics to replace. Patients have the option of traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets so aesthetic desires can also be met using this system.

We use American Orthodontic Empower® Brackets in our office, but are familiar with other self-ligating systems on the market today and have used most, if not all available options.

Self-Ligating Braces

Propel

Propel is committed to providing the gold standard in orthodontic devices.

Contact us to inquire about Propel to help you achieve your desired smile faster!

Acceledent Kit

Types of Appliances

Retainers

Retainers

Retainers

Retainers are required to hold straightened teeth in position after braces. If a retainer is not worn, there is a risk of teeth shifting back into misalignment. A retainer should be worn full-time except for when eating. Clean it once a day with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and warm water. They are very fragile and should be kept away from heat and stored in the case when they are not in use.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Elastics - Rubber Bands

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands) are used to improve the fit of your upper and lower teeth by adjusting your bite and jaw position. These are connected to the brace brackets with hooks, often connecting a top tooth bracket with a bottom tooth bracket. They are to be removed during meals and before brushing your teeth and often need to be replace daily due to wear. The need for elastics is based off a patients existing jaw alignment and not everyone who gets braces will require them. Watch Video on Class II Elastics.

Palatal Expander

Partial Expander

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw arch (roof of your mouth) by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. This is primarily used to correct cross bites and reduce crowding. The appliance is often worn for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Separators or Spacers

Separators or Spacers

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed around a molar tooth. The separators are used until there is enough space and will be removed before placing a band. Patients are advised to avoid sticky foods and are not allowed to toothpicks or floss while they are placed.

Interceptive Orthodontic Treatments

Interceptive orthodontics is the guidance of tooth eruption and correction of an abnormal bite (malocclusion) in children by early intervention and monitoring by an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that a child be brought in to see an orthodontist for assessment by age seven when the first set of permanent molars have grown in. Interceptive orthodontics is often the first phase of orthodontic treatment and is usually achieved by simple fixed or removable appliances. It may not prevent the need for braces, retainers, or other treatments in later years but it can minimize serious, complicated problems in the future.

What are the advantages of interceptive orthodontics?

The key advantage of Interceptive orthodontics is to prevent the development of future serious problems through diagnosing and treating malocclusions as soon as they are detected. The advantages of early treatment through interceptive orthodontics also include:

  • Improvement of a child’s appearance and the way the lips meet by guiding jaw growth to create facial symmetry
  • Lowers the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correcting of harmful oral habits that are damaging to the teeth and jaw
  • Guiding permanent teeth into a more favourable position
  • Creating room for crowded, erupting teeth and preserve space for un-erupted teeth reducing the risk of impactions
  • May reduce the need for removal of permanent teeth in the future

Would your child benefit from interceptive orthodontics?

Dr. Dagasso would be happy to see you and your child for a consultation, at that time he will examine your child’s developing teeth and jaws and make recommendations that are appropriate to guide the development of the occlusion.

 

Orthognathic Surgery and Orthodontics

Traditional Orthodontics whether with braces or Invisalign can usually correct malocclusions which are due to the teeth being in the wrong positions. However when the upper and lower jaws are different in size, shape, or position, orthodontics alone cannot align the teeth and jaws for a better fit. In these cases a combination of orthodontics and Surgery becomes necessary.

Surgically moving one or both jaws to correct the position of the jaws with orthodontics to correct the position of the teeth is often required to achieve the best combination of a good bite and good facial esthetics.

What is a typical orthodontic-orthognathic surgery treatment timeline?

Orthognathic surgeries will take place in a hospital and are performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. After the surgery, we can then resume regular orthodontic visits “fine-tune” your bite and correct tooth alignment.