about orthodontics appliances
You may need orthodontic appliances to assist with the success of your treatment. The on-site lab at Fine Orthodontics allows your orthodontist to carefully oversee the creation of your custom appliance, with immediate availability. Below are some of the options you may be presented with during your treatment.
- Cantilever bite jumper
- Upper removal appliance
Also referred to as clear aligner (eg. Invisalign*), clear aligners are custom-made to fit over your teeth and gradually move them into the desired position. Aligners such as Invisalign* should be worn for up to 22 hours a day for maximum effect.
For minor orthodontic corrections, we use a sophisticated 3D printing system to create the aligners onsite. This option provides excellent savings for our patients.
Cantilever bite jumper
A common orthodontic problem is when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth. This condition can be treated with a cantilever bite jumper (CBJ).
If you have this condition, your lower jaw is likely positioned further back than it ought to be, and a CBJ will help to it move forward. Once the CBJ is fitted, we monitor and adjust it to ensure the best possible results.
Expanders help to widen the upper jaw in children, where the jaw is too narrow in relation to the child’s lower jaw. We use a Rapid Maxillary Expander to correct this problem. It is a common orthodontic appliance used in children.
Retainers can help to ensure your orthodontic results are maintained. Your orthodontist will advise how often and how long you will need to wear your retainer following treatment. You will also receive care instructions to ensure your retainer remains in optimal condition.
We may need to place separators between your teeth to make room for orthodontic bands. Patients often need to wear separators before banded appliances are placed.
Upper removal appliance
Removable appliances are designed to be worn at all times, despite their name. The function of the upper removal appliances depends on your orthodontic issue and the treatment solution. Removable appliances are often used to move front teeth out of a traumatic bite.