14361 Metropolis Ave # 1, Fort Myers

21740 S Tamiami Trail Suite 116, Estero

Types of Appliances

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.

Headgear

Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently “pulls” on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Positioners

Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for four to eight weeks.

Retainers

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.

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

MARA

The MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance) is a simple and durable Class II corrector. The appliance is attached to the patient’s first molars with stainless steel crowns. Other options could include 2/3 crowns, Rollobands, or heavy-duty bands. The MARA is small in size, making it one of the more aesthetic Class II appliances on the market.

 

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14361 Metropolis Ave # 1,
Fort Myers, FL 33912

21740 S Tamiami Trail Suite 116,
Estero, FL 33928

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Located in Estero, Fl and Ft Myers, FL,  our leading orthodontists are dedicated to helping you achieve your most attractive and healthy smile-- combining skill and expertise that spans the entire orthodontic spectrum. Dr. Michele Laboda is committed to bringing you better health and a beautiful smile.

Michele Laboda, DDS, MS is an orthodontist in Estero, Fl and Ft Myers, FL, and offers orthodontics including braces and Invisalign. Call (239) 390-0289