Self Ligating Braces or Speed Braces.

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The self-ligating braces are braces that do not need ligatures or elastic rubber bands to support the arch wire onto the brackets. Self-ligating braces are sometimes called Speed braces. These special metal braces can shorten orthodontic treatment time compared to traditional metal braces,due to less friction and are more hygienic.

Introduction.

Speed braces are said to be more comfortable for the patient because lip and cheek irritation are generally minimized (as no ligature tying are used). They are sturdy and do not contain rubber ligatures so staining will never be a problem and less food gets trapped around these braces when patients eat. These types of braces are also much easier to keep clean. Thus more hygienic. This advancement in metal braces allows for fewer adjustments and less orthodontist appointments.

Advantage of Self-Ligating System.

1.    Faster treatment due to lesser friction between arch wire & bracket slot.
2.    More hygienic i.e. easier to maintain oral hygiene.
3.    More comfortable for patient, because lip and cheek irritation are generally minimized.
4.    Requires fewer adjustments & thus lesser number of visits.
5.    Self-ligating brackets do not contain rubber ligatures so staining will never be a problem.

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Ceramic Self-Ligating System.

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1. A combination of clear material and stainless steel provides the aesthetics patients will love.
2. Remarkably easy-to-use slide mechanism makes wire changes a snap.
3. Ultra-smooth contours and rounded edges provide maximum comfort.
4. Slot with four solid wallsfacilitates fast low-friction tooth movement with maximum control.
5. High-retention mechanical bonding base assures strong, reliable bonding.

A case done with self ligating system

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Treatment time: 14 months, 2 weeks in 7 treatment appointments without extractions or the use of light -force expansion mechanics.

Orthodontic Micro-Implants.

This is a relatively new technology, originally developed in Europe and Korea, and now widely accepted in across the world.

Orthodontic microimplants are essentially miniature screws made of titanium. These microimplants are inserted through the gums in certain strategic locations in the mouth, with local anesthesia. The microimplants give an orthodontist an opportunity to treat problems previously considered either very difficult or impossible. To the patient this often means having difficult overbite, underbite, open bite and crowding problems corrected with braces and microimplants without more risky and aggressive treatments such as jaw surgery or extraction of teeth.

Microimplants allow significant overbites to be corrected without the less desirable Headgear or other more bulky and less comfortable orthodontic appliances.

A common example of orthodontic anchorage (relatively immobile blocks of teeth) is the situation when the orthodontist wants to pull in your front teeth that are sticking out. He uses the back molar teeth to help him because they are large, multirooted, and move very little when they are used to pull back the front teeth.  The molar teeth are well anchored in your jaw.

micro1What if the patient has no back teeth?

Solution…the orthodontist places two microimplants, one on each side of the jaw toward the back where the molars used to be and attaches rubber bands to the front teeth he wants to move back.

The screw is about the about half the size of the width of your thumbnail, and no wider than the width of the head of a pin. It looks like this:

It is generally made of Titanium steel, and is placed painlessly either with a mini-“screwdriver” or a mini-ratchet wrench following the painless creation of “starter” hole in the bone.

micro2The microimplant screw is removed when orthodontic treatment is completed. It takes less than a minute to remove it, and causes no pain.

They are placed into a variety of locations in the patient’s jaw bones usually between the roots of the teeth as well as other locations nearby the roots of the teeth and on the palate.

Their use has made infinitely easier the movement of teeth in certain cases, that heretofore was accomplished with only the greatest difficulty.

The procedure takes about 20-30 minutes and is accomplished painlessly since the patient is provided with local anesthesia.

You might think that driving a screw into the bone is very painful, however, bone in fact has no nerves inside it, so once the “operator” passes the screw through the skin that covers the bone, which is about as thick as this it is done without any sensation except that of some pressure.

At our office, we have successfully placed microimplants often with remarkable and inspiring results.

Microimplants are without question the most noteworthy development in orthodontics in recent years, opening remarkable opportunities for our patients.

Advantages.

Use of these devices leads to:

1. Simplified treatment mechanics,
2. Improved results,
3. Drastic reduction in treatment timing, (in some cases up to 40-50%)
4. Reduction in number of extractions.

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Clear AlignersClear Aligners

Clear Aligners are an alternative to traditional braces and are designed to help guide teeth into their proper position. Similar to braces, clear aligners use a graudual force to control tooth movement, but without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are made of a strong plastic material and are fabricated to fit each person’s mouth. Series of aligners are made, each aligner moves the teeth a little by little to desired position and new aligner is worn after that .
Each Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours a day to reach the desired maximum effectiveness. Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks before changing to the next one. The length of treatment with aligners depends upon the severity of each case. Typically, aligner treatment can be as short as 2-3 months or as long as 10-14 months.

Advantages of orthodontic treatment with aligners

AdvantageClear aligners are a great alternative for patients who want a straighter smile but do not want to wear traditional metal braces or for patients who have had orthodontic treatment in the past and want to make minor corrections to their smile.  There are several advantages to using clear aligners:

  • Clear aligners are removable so it is easier for you to brush and floss after meals
  • With Clear aligners , there are no food ristriction.one can enjoy food while undergoing smile enhancement.
  • Clear aligners are comfortable and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.
  • Clear aligners are sutaible for patients , who do lots of travelling and can not come to clinic often.(As in case of traditional braces which require tightening every 4-6 weeks)

 

FAQ Regarding Aligner

1. What is an aligner?
An aligner is a custom made clear plastic tray also called clear aligners ,that fits over your teeth and corrects their malpositioning.

2. How does it work?
Each aligner moves teeth a little bit by exerting pressure on them.

3. Can one aligner straighten my teeth?
No but a series of aligners can. Each new aligner moves your teeth a little bit further and you will/can eventually have straight teeth.

4. How many aligners are required to straighten my teeth?
It depends on the severity of the problem. Our Orthodontist Dr. Naman Vora can tell you approximate number of aligners once he does initial check up

5. Is there any age limit for aligner treatment?
It’s an adult orthodontic treatment hence there is no upper age limit, the minimum age limit is 14 years,
but you need to ask our Orthodontist for suitability

6. Is aligner removable?
Yes aligner is a removable appliance and you can eat, brush and floss your teeth and enjoy your normal life.

7. Is aligner invisible?
Yes aligners are nearly invisible and no body can notice aligners from a distance when you are wearing them.

8. Is aligner treatment painful?
Aligners put precise and light forces on to teeth so it is not painful but a slight discomfort may be experienced at the beginning of treatment, which goes away within 1- 2 days.
Aligners are made in medical grade plastic unlike metal wires braces, which hurt your cheeks and lips.

9. Is aligner a new appliance?
No it’s not a new appliance. Millions of People have already been treated with aligners in developed countries like USA, UK, Middle East and other European countries and their number is increasing everyday.

10. How frequently do I need to visit you while using aligners?
With aligners your visits are reduced significantly ,as it eliminates hefty work of changing / tightening wires . Hence its very popular among adults who do lots of travelling for their business and still wants to get that perfect smile .
It can also work for people who stay abroad and come to India every 6-12 months .

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