Orthodontic Treatment Options
There are options when it comes to determining which appliance to use to straighten your teeth! Dr. Gum will evaluate many factors such as jaw structure, occlusion and tooth shapes. In children she will consider age and growth potential. She will use this information in choosing the best appliance for your treatment. She will also consider factors important to you as a patient- such as visibility, maintenance and treatment time.
Traditional braces are a system of brackets (basically handles on the teeth) affixed to teeth, and wires that sit in the slots of the brackets. Elastic ties hold the wires in place, or the slot has a gate which closes over the slot. Brackets are made of surgical grade stainless steel (traditional metal braces) or ceramic (clear braces). Wires are made of stainless steel, or other metal alloys designed to deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth. Dr. Gum uses the Ormco® and Damon® bracket systems.
Clear aligner treatment is a great option for patients who do not wish to wear braces. Dr. Gum achieves consistent quality results using clear aligner therapy for her teen and adult patients.
Dr. Gum exclusively uses Invisalign® system of clear aligners. Dr. Gum has been a certified Invisalign provider since the company’s inception. Dr. Gum benefits from ongoing, extensive training. Most recently, she completed the Invisalign® Orthodontic Master Program in 2016 and is currently (2016-2017) enrolled in the Invisalign® Teen Edge 12 month collaborative study program which is focused exclusively on treating growing patients with the Invisalign® appliance.
We used a state of the art 3-D Itero digital scanner, which eliminates the need for mouth impressions and streamlines the aligner fabrication process.
Retainers hold teeth in their new positions after orthodontic treatment is completed. Wearing retainers as instructed is essential to maintain the success of orthodontic treatment. Retainers can in some cases be used to make minor tooth position changes.
Removable retainers are either clear acrylic trays or a combination of wires and acrylic. Fixed retainers are bonded to the tongue side of the front teeth.
Dr. Gum will determine the best type of retainer for you based on the pre-treatment positions of your teeth and your preferences, so that you maintain your new smile for a lifetime!