The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics specialize in a range of orthodontic appliances to help each patient achieve the smile of their dreams. We offer exceptional orthodontic care to residents of Hialeah, Kendall, Miami Springs, and the neighboring areas of Florida.
What Appliances Are Used at the Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics?
The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics utilize a range of orthodontic appliances to help each patient achieve their perfect smile. Your orthodontic treatment may include any number of these appliances. Upon your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific dental needs. We encourage patients considering orthodontic care to explore the appliances below to become familiar with the techniques that may be used during treatment. If your treatment includes braces or a temporary anchorage device, please refer to the following pages:
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics, also called rubber bands, are used to align the upper teeth with the lower teeth. These bands are fastened to hooks on your braces to pull the teeth closer together. Elastics are removable, so it is the patient’s responsibility to remove and reapply them around meals. Wearing rubber bands as described can ensure an effective braces treatment.
To correct excessive overbites and improve the fit of the teeth, we may recommend the Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Device. This is a less-obtrusive alternative to headgear that is used to promote healthy jaw growth in adolescents.
If your jaws are misaligned, we may recommend headgear. This appliance can be used to correct an underbite or an overbite by gently pulling the teeth to limit jaw growth. By limiting the jaw that is extended furthest, the other jaw grows to even out the alignment.
Another option for correcting an overbite is a Herbst® appliance. This is less obtrusive than headgear, and is typically used for younger children whose jaws are still growing. This appliance is typically worn for 12-15 months.
In some cases, the jaw develops narrowly, which can impact the growth and positioning of the teeth. A palatal expander widens the jaw by pressing the molars outward. The appliance is gradually adjusted over time to create the necessary expansion. After your jaw reaches the appropriate width, the appliance is typically worn for a few more months to ensure lasting results.
Positioners are the final step of orthodontic treatment, and sometimes offer the ability to remove fixed appliances, such as braces, a few months early. This device helps to make the final adjustments to your teeth and hold your teeth in their corrected positions. It is typically worn nightly plus a few additional hours during the day for four to eight weeks.
Retainers are provided after you complete your braces treatment. They hold your teeth in their corrected position to ensure lasting results. Retainers can be fixed (cemented in) or removable. After your braces treatment, we will help you determine the best retainer and instruct you on the duration of retainer usage.
Separators or Spacers
Separators, also called spacers, are often the first step to a braces treatment. These small, rubber circles are placed between your teeth to create space between them. This allows us to apply metal bands for braces during your next appointment. Like with braces, you should avoid sticky foods while your spacers are in.
If you have any questions regarding the appliances above or our orthodontic treatments, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have or help you schedule an appointment. The Doral & Miami Centers for Orthodontics welcome patients from Miami Springs, Kendall, Hialeah, and the surrounding areas of Florida.