Orthodontics

Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. The two main components of your braces are the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth.

The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. With pressure on one side from the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind.

Self Ligating Braces

Empower is all about choice. With Clear, metal, and molar options, as well as interactive and passive designs, Empower's complete system allows you to customize treatment that fits your philosophy and your patients' needs.

Clip passively captures smaller wires and actively engages larger wires for lower ligation force early in treatment and exceptional torque and rotation control during working and finishing stages. Beauty and performance come together in Empower Clear. This fully interactive aesthetic bracket gives you the versatility and ease of self ligation, while giving your patients the beautiful smile they deserve both during and after treatment. Lower friction sliding mechanics early in treatment: exceptional torque and rotation control during working and finishing phases. Empower's Interactive and Passive bracket designs allow unprecedented treatment options.

Empower's interactive self ligating system offers the benefits of less friction at the beginning of treatment and more control in the later stages to assist with final torques and rotations. Empower's passive self ligating system offers the benefits of less friction and lower force mecahnics throughout treatment. No wires are actively engaged by the clip so your treatment will be more comfortable.

For more information on Empower, please visit www.americanortho.com/empower

Ceramic Braces

Radiance Plus™ is the clearest , most translucent ceramic twin bracket available, proven to be much clearer than other monocrystalline or polycrystalline ceramic systems. Each Radiance Plus™ bracket is created from a single crystal of pure grown sapphire – one of the hardest materials in nature, second only to diamond.

The crystal is honed and heat polished into a remarkably strong and beautiful bracket that's nearly invisible on the teeth. Radiance Plus's delivers exceptional rotational control, thanks to optimum mesial-distal width on the maxillary centrals and cuspids. This greater anterior control allows accurate results without sacrificing aesthetics. Radiance Plus's heat treated, monocrystalline formation gives it a solid core structure, and a proprietary heat polishing process creates just enough energy to smooth away any micro voids or flaws that could compromise the bracket's integrity.

Sliding mechanics are improved, and the bracket resists torque fracture more than three times that of polycrystalline brackets. Increased tie wing thickness enhances its solid body, and a patented Quad Matte™ base provides amazing bond strength.

For more information on Radiance Plus, please visit www.americanortho.com/radiance

Invisalign

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten.

You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you've always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

For more information on Invisalign, please visit www.invisalign.com