3M Unitek provides us with top notch brackets to ensure the best and most efficient movement possible with traditional braces. Each brace has a specific prescription in it to make tooth movement very precise.
Clarity Advance brackets by 3M are phenominal braces both functionally and estetically. Just like our traditional metal braces, Clarity Advance offers specific movement per tooth for the best results in the most efficient time.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed and remember that the rubber bands only work efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.
The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
The Damon Splint is generally used as a post treatment appliance and is designed to help maintain the correction achieved during Class II, III or cases involving arch development. The Damon Splint can be fabricated from either dual laminate or hard acrylic.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
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 during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.