Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
TADS (Temporary Anchorage Devices)
These devices can be called either TADs or Temporary Anchorage Devices. Basically what TADs do is help to move teeth into place much faster during orthodontics. They come in the form of small titanium screws which are placed in your mouth to help better position your teeth much faster.
During the process of placing the TADs the gum tissue where the TADs will be placed is numbed using local anesthetic. This helps to prevent any pain or irritation when the TAD is inserted. When the area is fully numb Dr. Nelson can place the TAD through the gum tissue and into the jawbone. The placement takes just a couple of minutes. It is normal to feel pressure in the jaw and adjacent teeth the first day. This pressure generally goes away within 24 hours of placement. Once the teeth are moved to their desired position the TADs are removed. Removing the TADs is more simple than placing them, and usually does not require any anesthetic.
Orthodontic braces and Invisalign work by applying forces to teeth in order to gradually align them. The bone around the teeth remodels allowing the teeth to move. This process usually takes a long time and orthodontic treatments in the United States average 30 months. To help speed orthodontic treatment we use a special device called Acceledent. This device uses Soft Pulse Technology (light vibration) to help the bone remodel faster. This faster remodeling of the bone allows the teeth to move twice as fast as they would without Acceledent.
Mechanical vibration of bone has been studied since the mid-1980s to heal bones and treat osteoporosis. This same technology is used by Acceledent to cause faster bone remodeling and faster tooth movement during orthodontic treatment.
Patients use the Acceledent mouth piece for 20 minutes per day to speed the movement of their teeth. This light vibration also decreases the discomfort typically associated with braces.