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Conventional Braces
Conventional Braces

Braces are bonded brackets, archwires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into the proper position for appearance and function.


Over a period of time, teeth will shift if constant, gentle pressure is applied. Brackets are bonded to the front surface of each tooth and wires are attached to the brackets with elastic bands. The slight tension on the wire is gently transferred to the bracket through the elastic band.


Today's orthodontic treatment is faster, comfortable and more fashionable than ever for children, teens and adults.

Headgear
Orthodontic Headgear
Headgear is an orthodontic appliance attached to dental braces that aid in correcting severe bite problems. The headgear is attached to the braces and is anchored from the back of the head, neck or forehead. Its purpose is to stop the upper jaw from growing and to distalize the upper molars, hence preventing or correcting overbite. The type that is anchored on the forehead is used to medialize the upper molars, hence correcting or preventing under bite. There are two different headgears, one to correct overbite (cervical headgear) and one to treat under bites (reverse headgear). Headgear should be worn 10 to 14 hours daily, typically at night, or as directed by your dentist.
Adult Braces
Adult Orthodontics

Dr. Smith is keeping up with advancements in adult orthodontic procedures. Many new developments in today's orthodontic treatments have focused on helping adult patients. If you live in the Orange area and your teeth are crooked, call us at (714) 771-3111 to schedule a consultation to discuss possible orthodontic treatments. It may be that adult orthodontics are just what you need to attain a smile you can wear with confidence.


As more and more adults are wearing braces, the dental industry has realized that improvements in traditional braces are needed. These improvements in adult orthodontics have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and less conspicuous brackets.


Although metal brackets are the most familiar, clear and tooth-colored ceramic and plastic brackets are now available. Call (714) 771-3111 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith today.

Cosmetic Adult Braces
Cosmetic Adult Braces

Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought that utilize special clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth.

Clear Braces
Clear Braces

Translucent 'clear' braces and tooth-colored ceramic brackets provide a very aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces. Today's clear braces provide the same quality of treatment as metal braces but are simply less noticeable.

ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect

Looking for an alternative to braces?
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort and every reason to smile. What Is ClearCorrect?

ClearCorrect is the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth without wearing braces so you can show off your smile!

With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.

Six Month Smiles

Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?

Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month SmilesĀ® utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.

Lingual Arch
Lingual Arch

A lower lingual arch is a space maintainer for the lower teeth. It maintains the molars where they are and it does not move them. It keeps the molars from migrating forward and prevents them from blocking off space of teeth that develop later. Used when early loss of baby teeth or when lower teeth are slightly crowded.

Multi-Spring Appliance
Orthodontics Multi-Spring Appliance

Minor tooth movement may be necessary to position teeth properly as permanent teeth erupt during the growth process. In adults, minor tooth movement procedures in conjunction with restorative care can be used in many ways to enhance a patient's appearance.

This removable appliance is used to accomplish multiple tooth movements. The objective is to close the space between the front teeth, create room in the arch for the blocked out lateral teeth and guide them into place. To accomplish the numerous movements, springs are used to move the teeth and close the spaces.

Palatal Expander
Palate Expander

A palatal expander is an appliance placed in the roof of the mouth to widen the upper dental arch, which allows the arch to be painlessly separated and spread. A treatment used for younger patients. Many times a palatal expander can be used to create a proper alignment of the arches so permanent teeth have room to erupt in a natural position. Often, the use of an arch expander early may eliminate the need for braces later.

Retainer
Retainer

A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position. You wear the retainer 24 hours a day at first then at night to make sure that none of your teeth move while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw.

Powerprox 6-Month Braces

Powerprox is generally less expensive or at least no more expensive than traditional braces, but straightens teeth in just six months rather than the traditional one-two years treatment process. Powerprox uses the latest in arch-wire technology to move teeth just six months. Powerprox arch-wires move teeth without the traditional brace pressure on a tooth that damages the tooth ligament and require bone absorption, which requires healing time between adjustments. There are no bulky braces because Powerprox braces are almost invisible. Traditional after treatment generally requires an unsightly retainer so Powerprox provides an almost invisible retainer or provides a bonded retainer behind the teeth.


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Space Maintainer
Space Maintainer

A space maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance designed to maintain an existing space. They are usually fitted to children when they have lost baby teeth early. The gap left from losing this tooth needs to be held open for the permanent tooth to erupt in its correct position.

Spring Distalizer
Ortho Spring Distalizer

This appliance is implemented when one molar (an erupting six-year molar) is caught under the edge of a second primary molar. The appliance features a wire spring which is attached to the erupting molar and to the second molar. The spring provides the necessary tension to gently move the erupting molar into proper position

Spring Hawley Retainer
Spring Hawley Retainer

After completing orthodontic therapy, it is not uncommon to still need a little fine tuning of tooth alignment. This is particularly true in patients who have undergone extensive orthodontic therapy and are simply "burned out."

This retainer is useful in correcting minor rotations and crowding. When worn, the spring action of the wires provide a light force to align the teeth. The appliance is constructed to the "ideal" setting and the patient's teeth adapt to their new position.

Swing Lock Expander
Orthodontics Swing Lock Expander

Arch (the 'arc' line created by teeth in normal position development) is a collective term that describes a variety of appliances used to gain both arch width and arch length. These appliances range from simple appliances with lap springs to high-speed, rapid palatal expanders. They may utilize orthodontic movement and/or orthopedic movement and may be either fixed or removable.

When a patient's arch is v-shaped and needs widening only in the front of the mouth, an appliance that expands only in the anterior (front) region is necessary. An expansion screw in conjunction with a separate posterior (back) hinge in this appliance allows for the gain in anterior space without affecting the posterior bite relationship.

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R. Scott Smith, D.D.S. would love to meet you and your family and provide you with the dental care you need to give each of you the smile you deserve!




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