At Kirby Nelson Orthodontics, we are committed to providing the orthodontic treatments you need to achieve a straighter, healthier, and more attractive smile. Some of our most common treatments include:
– Braces use a system of brackets, wires, and bands to apply constant, gentle pressure to your teeth. This gradually moves your teeth to their proper positions in your smile. Braces can be successfully used by patients of all ages, and they can be used to correct tooth misalignment, crowding, and spacing problems. Our orthodontists may also recommend braces to correct problems with the alignment of the bite, such as an overbite, underbite, open bite, or crossbite.
– Invisalign is a way to correct the alignment of your teeth without traditional braces. This system instead uses a series of clear, custom-made plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. In many cases, Invisalign can be used to correct the same orthodontic problems usually treated with traditional braces.
– A palatal expander is used to expand the upper arch in order to correct crowding and other problems like a crossbite. An expander is attached to the upper arch through the use of bands that are placed around the teeth. As you adjust the expander, the arch is expanded to better accommodate the teeth.
– A Herbst appliance is used to correct an overbite. This is an appliance that connects the upper and lower jaws, and it allows Dr. Nelson and Dr. Katz to adjust the lower jaw’s position in relation to the upper teeth. In many cases, a Herbst appliance is used together with braces for optimal results.
Lower Jaw Expanders
– If the lower teeth are crowded, our orthodontists may recommend a lower jaw expander. This is used to create more space between the lower teeth, allowing all of the teeth to fit properly and avoiding the need for tooth extraction.
– Reverse-pull headgear is needed if an underbite is present because the upper jaw is too far back or the lower jaw is too far forward. The headgear is worn to correct the alignment of the jaw by pulling the upper jaw forward. For optimal results, the headgear must be worn for several hours every day; Dr. Nelson and Dr. Katz will give you more specific instructions on how and when to wear your reverse-pull headgear.
To learn more about common orthodontic treatment in North Bend, Washington, we welcome you to contact us today!