Orthodontic Treatment Options
Bridgeport & Huntington, CT Orthodontist
Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry & Orthodontics specializes in several orthodontic appliances, and works closely with you to find the best fit for your needs. Our expert doctors are committed to creating the best possible treatment plan for each patient, matching the best technology to your individual needs and desires.
Here you will find a brief description of the different types of braces available at our office. Our team is happy to answer any questions you have about your treatment, and will help you understand the benefits and proper care of each.
Types of Braces
The braces used by our office are high-grade stainless steel, making them smaller, more comfortable, and less noticeable than ever before. Of course, you always have the option of adding colored elastics for a unique smile.
Ceramic braces offer a much more aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal braces, due to their translucent material. Care should be taken when choosing ceramic braces, however, as they are more fragile than their metal counterparts, and the elastic bands may still discolor between orthodontic visits with certain foods or drinks.
The Invisalign System is a series of clear aligners that gradually move teeth into their ideal position. Available for adults and teens, the Invisalign System is fully removable, allowing you to eat and drink whatever you like. Also, because the aligners are removable, brushing and flossing are much easier. Check out our Invisalign and Invisalign Teen pages for more information, and ask if you Invisalign is right for you.
When baby teeth are lost prematurely, it is often necessary to hold the remaining teeth in place to make sure the gap does not close. If the space is not maintained, the permanent teeth will not be able to come in properly.
Depending on the number of teeth lost, a unilateral or bilateral space maintainer will be used. We recommend that you schedule an appointment every six months to ensure the appliance is fitting properly. When wearing your space maintainers, it is important that you avoid any sticky foods and properly clean them on a regular basis.
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Habit correctors are appliances used to stop the pressing of the tongue against the front teeth when swallowing, and deter finger and thumb sucking. Although learning to stop these habits often takes time, breaking habits early allows for more natural development of teeth and gums.
Wearing a habit corrector may take a few days, or a few weeks, to become comfortable. Most removable correctors are worn 24 hours a day, and while some habit appliances can be taken out, most can only be removed by your doctor. When wearing and caring for any type of habit appliance, you should:
• Limit sugary foods and sodas. Also avoid sticky, chewy, or hard foods as they can break your appliance.
• Brush your teeth and appliance with toothpaste each morning and night, and after eating, too.
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Following the removal of your braces, you will be given a retainer to help ensure your new smile lasts for years to come. Your retainer should be worn no less than 10 hours a day for the next two years, and should be brushed prior to placing it in your mouth. Your final results depend directly on proper use of your retainers, so be sure to follow through with the hard work you’ve put in so far.
Fixed retainers, cemented to the inside of your lower canines, are a great way to ensure your teeth stay in their proper place. These retainers are somewhat susceptible to breakage, usually from incorrect biting causing the teeth to shift very quickly. If your retainer breaks, be sure to schedule an appointment with us immediately.
Removable retainers help hold your teeth in place after your braces are removed. Retainers can be very fragile, so it is important to take proper care when handling or wearing them. If your retainer is ever lost or broken, you should call us immediately to obtain a replacement.
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Custom Fitted Mouth Guards
We often see children and teens in our office with a variety of dental injuries caused by sports and outdoor activities. The best way to prevent such injuries is to wear a customized mouth guard, specially fitted for your teeth. Although generic mouth guards are available from almost any sporting goods store, they are far less effective because they do not fit properly.
Obtaining your mouth guard from Commerce Park allows us to take many things into consideration, including:
• Missing or erupting teeth
• Any history of dental trauma
• Protection of sensitive areas
• Ability to speak and breath properly
Sports based dental injuries affect 200,000 high school and college students each year, and have a lifetime cost of up to $15,000 per tooth! Don’t take any chances, fill out our Mouth Guard Registration Form and schedule an appointment for a fitting today!
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Contact Our Bridgeport & Huntington Offices Today!
At Commerce Park Dentistry, we know that everyone is different, and we offer a wide variety of treatment options to meet the needs of each patient. If you have any questions about our treatments, contact our office and a team member will be happy to assist you or help schedule an appointment at our Bridgeport or Huntington locations. We look forward to working with you!