2450 Neyagawa Blvd. Unit 1C, Oakville, ON L6H 7P4  (905) 257-1997

Clear Braces

Clear braces are different than traditional metal braces and are made of ceramic. They are designed to produce excellent results without anyone even noticing you are wearing them. At Oak Hill Orthodontics, we use Clarity Advanced ceramic brackets by 3M.

Orthodontic Treatment Types of Appliances

Invisalign®

With Invisalign® treatment, you can straighten your teeth without anyone around you being the wiser. Invisalign treatment involves a series of clear, removable aligners designed to gradually improve your alignment and bite.

Orthodontic Treatment Types of Appliances

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is used when the upper jaw is constricted or more narrow compared to your lower jaw. An expansion appliance is custom made for you and cemented in your mouth through bands placed on the back molar teeth. A small key is used to turn the device, which slowly widens the upper jaw. This treatment is more effective in younger patients whose top jaws are easier to expand than an adult’s. By the time you become an adult your jaw is not as easily manipulated, which can make the expansion more difficult.

Facemask

Facemask appliances are mainly prescribed for patients with an underbite. An underbite is when the lower jaw and teeth are in front of the upper jaw and teeth. The upper jaw may be retrusive and set farther back compared to the lower jaw, or the lower jaw may have a tendency to grow more than the upper jaw. In cases where the patient is still growing, this jaw discrepancy can be treated early with facemask therapy.

MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance)

In cases where the lower jaw is retrognathic, or behind the upper jaw, a functional appliance can be used to correct the misalignment. A custom fabricated appliance called a MARA is bonded to the first permanent molars and the lower jaw is repositioned in a more anterior or forward position. This appliance helps to stimulate growth of the lower jaw and is usually recommended while the patient is still growing.

Retainers

Retainers are issued after orthodontic treatment is complete and braces have been removed. To prevent teeth from relapsing and returning to their original position, retainers need to be worn to maintain the stability of your new smile and bite.

Orthodontic Treatment Types of Appliances