All of the braces used at Parkside Orthodontics are state-of-the-art and made in America.
By combining modern, highly-efficient technologies with a completely computerized office, patients enjoy shorter appointments, more time between visits, and less time in treatment. Your time is valuable; we recognize that.
There are a variety of orthodontic technologies currently used at our office. Below are a few – check them out!
Clear ceramic braces
One of the most exciting types of treatment we offer is Incognito braces. These are custom-made braces that are placed behind the teeth. They give the same high quality result as regular braces, but are completely invisible. Dr. Kuperstein is very experienced with Incognito, and has even lectured to other orthodontists and dentists on these techniques. If you have been told that you are not a good candidate for clear retainer treatment, this might be the answer for you!
How do Braces Work?
Braces use gentle, constant pressure to move teeth into their proper positions slowly, over time. Since they are attached to the teeth, they work around the clock, including during sleep. Although there are many “parts” to braces, the two most important elements are the brackets that are attached to each tooth, and the archwire that connects each bracket.
The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that is affixed to each tooth. It serves as the “handle” that allows us to grab onto and control the movement of each tooth, individually. A band is a bracket for a molar or back tooth. It fits around the entire tooth. The archwire is a special U-shaped metallic alloy that is customized to allow proper straightening and movement of the teeth. During appointments, it is usually changed or adjusted according to each patient’s individual needs. The archwire is held onto the bracket with either an elastic ligature (or o-ring), which come in a variety of colors, or a metal ligature tie.
The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Since during orthodontics, teeth are actually moved through bone, all movement does not occur overnight. Depending on the type of adjustments made, teeth usually move between 1 and 2 millimeters each month. Dr. Kuperstein uses the latest and most modern orthodontic technologies, ensuring that her patients receive the most gentle, comfortable, and efficient treatment.
During certain phases of treatment, patients may be asked to wear elastics. These small rubber bands attach to hooks on certain teeth and exert a force that creates just the right amount of pressure to move teeth in specific ways. In order for this force to remain constant, elastics must be worn as directed and changed several times a day.