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Other Treatments

Orthodontic solutions that go beyond braces

In addition to braces, Vivid Orthodontics offers a number of supplementary orthodontic treatments to help patients live passionately and with greater confidence. During your complimentary consult, we’ll recommend appliances, techniques and other orthodontic solutions designed for your one-of-a-kind mouth.

acceledent flip device

AcceleDent®

Works in a jiffy!
AcceleDent works together with traditional metal braces, clear and ceramic braces, and Invisalign®. Using small vibrations or micro-pulses, AcceleDent speeds up tooth movement and can create a 50% reduction in treatment time.
itero

iTero® Element™ Intraoral Scanner

No more messy putty.
The iTero Element is a state-of-the-art digital impression system that replaces the discomfort of putting putty in your mouth. We use our iTero Element Scanner to digitally obtain a detailed 3D model of your teeth and gums.
bite plate

Bite plate

Bad biter-fighter.
Bite plates are small retainers made of acrylic that correct a deep bite and prevent lower front teeth from causing sores by hitting the roof of the mouth.
distalizer

Distalizers

Move on back, Jack.
Distalizer arms are attached to the upper teeth on both sides of your mouth, and an elastic band is attached to the top and bottom teeth to move upper teeth backwards into their correct position. This orthodontic treatment is used to correct how back teeth bite together, generally before braces are placed on your teeth.
headgear

Headgear

Get the jaw done right.
Headgear is used to modify the jaw’s growth pattern when you have an overbite or underbite, by controlling the growth of the upper jaw while the lower jaw grows naturally. This orthodontic solution can be used prior to or with braces.
lip bumper

Lip bumpers

Who said bumpers are just for cars?
Lip bumpers help create space for lower crowded teeth. The lower lip gently presses against the bumper to move molars toward the back of your mouth or let the front teeth move forward creating space to align the teeth.
expander

Maxillary expander (Patalal expanders)

Widen up!
Rapid maxillary expanders—which are also called palatal expanders—are most often used to correct narrow jaws or crossbites. The expander is attached to the upper molars and once-a-day a key is used to turn a screw at the center of the appliance to widen the jaw. The gradual pressure allows extra bone to grow between the two halves of the jaw to the proper width.
retainer

Removeable retainers

In ‘n’ out.
Retainers prevent teeth from undoing all the hard work your orthodontics have done. Removable retainers are custom-fit and worn every night forever to prevent your smile from shifting over time. Styles include a clear plastic tray that fits over your teeth or a Hawley retainer, which contains a combination of molded plastic and wires.
permanent retainer

Permanent retainers

Here to stay.
Permanent retainers are fixed wires “glued” to the inside of your front teeth. While you won’t have to remember to put them in, you will have to work harder to brush and floss so they stay clean.
space maintainer

Space maintainers

Keepin’ the space.
When a baby tooth falls out early, or a tooth has to be removed, space maintainers hold the area open for permanent teeth while also guiding them into place. Fixed space maintainers: When a lower back baby tooth is lost, these maintain the space with a wire using a lingual arch. For top teeth, a nance takes the place of a lower lingual arch. Removable space maintainers: These are often used when an open space is noticeable to others since a fake tooth can be added to them. They are typically made of plastic and stainless steel.
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Splints

Calm them down.
Splints are orthopedic jaw repositioning appliances frequently used to help patients suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms. When adjusted correctly, the splint repositions jaw joints into a stable position. This orthodontic solution reduces pain by allowing spasming muscles to relax.
rubber bands for braces

Elastics or rubber bands

Pressure for the better.
Orthodontic treatments require two things to work: constant pressure and time. Elastics—also known as rubber bands—create added force to move teeth and jaws into their proper positions. By following the instructions provided, and hooking the right bands in the right places, your teeth will keep moving—resulting in a little soreness in the short-term, and a great smile in the long-term.
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