Metal braces are the most common type. They are made of high-grade stainless steel. Today’s metal braces are smaller, more comfortable and more attractive. You can also have whatever colored ties you would like and we change the ties at each appointment. We see our patients about every eight weeks.
Ceramic braces are made of translucent (clear) material. They are most popular with adult patients, due to their cosmetic appeal. The only drawback to ceramic brackets are that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits.
Invisalign® The Invisalign System and Invisalign Teen is a series of clear overlay templates—called aligners—that have been generated by computer simulation to gradually move the teeth. This system is available to adult patients with certain orthodontic bite problems. Ask us if you are a candidate for the Invisalign system.
Herbst Appliance. One of the most common problems orthodontists treat is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. Ordinarily, when we see a patient with the upper teeth protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward; but, more often than not, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen.
Rapid Palatal Expander. A Rapid Palatal Expander is an appliance that is used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together better. It is most often followed by braces to then straighten the teeth.
Quad Helix Expander. A Quad Helix Expander is an appliance used on patients who have a narrow upper jaw, crossbite and/or crowded teeth.
Fixed Appliances. Dr. Rubenstein uses many different appliances for orthodontic correction or stabilization. Many of our appliances are custom fabricated in house by Dr. Rubenstein which makes turn-around time quicker.
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