Orthodontic Appliances

Archwire

A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

Bands

Bands are a ring of metal, which fit around the molars. The bands are selected from a range of sizes in order to find the tightest fitting band. The bands are sealed in position using dental cement that contains fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.

Biteplate

A Biteplate is a removable appliance similar to a retainer that is used to correct a deepbite or to help correct a crossbite.

Brackets

Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwire in place.

Chain

A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.

Elastics

Elastics or rubber bands for braces help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. They are also useful for moving a tooth out of alignment or to close a space in the mouth.

Fixed Retainer

Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.

Herbst

The Herbst Appliance is a functional appliance used in some growing patients to stimulate growth of the lower jaw.

Invisalign

Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that are an alternative to traditional metal braces.

Ligating Module

"Elastic colors around the brackets" - A small plastic piece, shaped like a donut, which is used to hold the archwires in the brackets on your teeth.

Lingual Arch

A lingual arch is an orthodontic device which connects two molars in the upper or lower dental arch.

Mouthguard

A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouth guard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.

Nance

The Nance button is utilized to hold teeth in position to allow for the movement of other teeth.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

Removable Retainer

A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and / or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw. At first, you wear the retainer 24 hours a day, and then only at night.

Separators

Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators prepare your mouth for braces by creating a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar, which anchors your braces in your mouth.

Spring Aligner

An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.

Thumb Crib

This simple device is given to address severe thumb/finger sucking habit. It involves using a fixed wire crib attached to two back braces.

Transpalatal Bar

The Transpalatal Bar (TPA) is a fixed appliance that is attached to bands on the upper molar teeth. The bar that sits across the roof of the palate fits into a soldered clip located on the bands.

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meet Dr. Blake

Dr. Elizabeth Blake attended the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.

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