Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are — the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them.
- Metal braces – Metal brackets are still a standard in orthodontic care, due to their superior control of tooth movement & treatment efficiency of mechanics. We utilize low profile metal brackets which are much smaller and sleeker in shape – increasing comfort and aesthetics for our patients.
- Ceramic braces – Our clear ceramic brackets are a great choice for those who desire the efficiency & control of traditional braces along with a higher degree of aesthetics during their orthodontic treatment.
- Lingual braces – Lingual braces are a revolutionary new way to straighten your teeth with optimal aesthetics. These braces are bonded to the back (lingual) surfaces of your teeth- allowing us to align your teeth without any visibly bonded appliances or aligners.
Instead of braces, Invisalign® uses a series of clear plastic removable retainers which gradually move teeth into alignment. During your initial consultation Dr. Ko will determine if Invisalign is a good option for your specific case.
- Invisalign Teen® features the ability to monitor wear times for our younger patients, and account for emerging adult teeth.
After orthodontic treatment, retainers help keep your smile in alignment.
- Hawley Retainers are our standard retainers, and a great option for the majority of our patients. They last a life-time if they are well maintained and taken care of. The front metal bow is adjustable, allowing the orthodontist to make small corrections to the alignment of your front teeth if needed.
- Vivera® Retainers are clear plastic retainer to maintain orthodontic treatment results, regardless of if the patient previously had traditional braces.
Frequent headaches, jaw-pain and other symptoms can sometimes be the result of improper coordination between the patient’s bite, jaw joint, and the connecting muscles exerting force. Stress nearly always exacerbates these symptoms. Depending on your case, Dr. Ko will determine whether orthodontics is an option for you, and may recommend a splint to help alleviate these symptoms, learn more here.