Invisalign is a computer generated “state of the art” alternative to braces. Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear removable appliances called aligners using the latest in 3-D computer technology.
Braces are devices used to align and straighten teeth with regard to a person’s bite, while also improving dental health. Dr. Gupton offers both clear ceramic braces as well as titanium metal braces.
Carriere Motion Appliance (CMA) is used to treat significant sagital discrepancies shorten orthodontic treatment by months. The motion appliance consists of a bar with a hook for elastic which connect to a button on a molar on the opposite arch.
The Quadhelix is a cemented expander that widens and develops the upper arch. it corrects anterior and posterior crossbites (upper teeth inside of the lower teeth). It also makes room for eruption of the maxillary permanent teeth eliminating the need for unnecessary extraction of permanent teeth.
The Herbst Appliance is an excellent way to correct a severe Class II malocclusion (upper jaw considerably ahead of the lower jaw). It is frequently used in cases where the growth of the lower jaw hasn’t kept pace with the upper jaw and the lower jaw appears small or retrognathic.
Adults with a severe underbite (lower jaw has out grown upper jaw significantly) frequently require surgery, in addition to orthodontic treatment, to put the upper and lower jaw bones in balance.
Children frequently put their thumbs and fingers into their mouths. Finger and thumb sucking put orthodontic like forces on the teeth and growing jaws causing a number of negative oral developments. Frequently children want to stop these habits but are unable to do so on their own. A simple appliance that is shaped like a football is inserted perpendicular to the roof of the mouth and acts as a deterrent.
Premature loss of baby teeth (long before the anticipated eruption of the permanent tooth) can cause loss of arch length and can lead to unnecessary extraction of permanent teeth or to orthodontic treatment that would have otherwise been unnecessary.