Orthodontic Treatment in Omaha, NE
At Pedodontics, P.C., we’re proud to provide expert orthodontic care to patients throughout the Omaha, NE area. Our doctors and highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work with every patient individually, designing a personalized treatment plan focused on helping the patient achieve a beautiful smile. While braces are the most common and one of the most effective treatments we offer, in many cases, we’ll need to pair braces with an additional orthodontic appliance to achieve the best possible result.
Removable & Fixed Expanders
We offer both fixed and removable palatal expander appliances that act to widen the upper jaw, creating more space for teeth and treating many problems like crowding or crossbite. In children, the upper jaw is actually split in half – so by applying a gentle, constant force on either half, we can push the jaw apart and stimulate bone growth in the middle, effectively widening the upper jaw. Fixed expanders act to widen the upper jaw. Removable retainer expanders work by “tipping” the teeth although they can also widen the jaw.
Reverse – Pull Headgear, also called an Anterior Protraction Facemask, is a device used to treat an underbite caused by an underdeveloped upper jaw or overdeveloped lower jaw. We’ll usually use this headgear in younger children, and because we only ask patients to wear it at night and on weekends, it’s a fairly tolerable and highly effective solution. When started early, treatment with this device can achieve significant improvement in the skeletal structure and appearance of the face and jaws.
Transpalatal Arch (TPA)
A Transpalatal Arch (TPA) is a fixed appliance that attaches to the upper molars with a bar that extends across the palate. A TPA can be useful for holding space open or for helping the molars move to the back of the mouth.
Ectopic Eruption Appliances
While crowding may be most obvious in the front of the mouth, it usually occurs in the back of the mouth as well in the form of an “ectopic molar”. This is a molar that erupts in the wrong place, and while it’s most common in the upper arch, it can also occur in the lower arch. Often, the upper molar will erupt with a forward slant, causing the root of the baby tooth in front of it to dissolve and disrupting the normal eruption process.