At Impression Orthodontics, we have made a considered decision to offer our patients what we believe is the very best braces treatment available – Empower and Empower Clear.
Empower braces are unique in that they use self-ligating brackets, rather than traditional brackets to straighten teeth. At our clinics in Perth Hills and Swan Valley, you can choose from two types of Empower braces:
Empower metal braces
Empower clear braces
What are self-ligating braces?
Traditional metal braces use a system of small metal brackets, thin archwires and elastic bands to move your teeth into position. A metal bracket is attached to the front surface of each individual tooth with an orthodontic adhesive. An archwire then connects each bracket and elastic bands are fitted over them. Working together, these three components apply gentle pressure to your teeth to straighten them.
Self-ligating braces on the other hand use small, integrated clips to hold the archwires in place. This removes the need for elastic bands, which tend to discolour and can trap food and plaque. Elastic bands can also become stretched between visits, losing the precise control of tooth movement necessary for efficient treatment. Self-ligating braces not only move teeth more quickly, but have the added benefit of being smaller and less noticeable.
Benefits of Empower braces
At Impression Orthodontics, we have chosen to use Empower braces because we believe this technology achieves the best results for our patients while providing them with the most comfortable treatment experience available.
Traditional treatment often requires the removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to expand the jaw arch to make space for crowded teeth. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile.
Empower smiles on the other hand are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.
How do Empower braces work?
Empower self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic or metal "ties". This removes the need for adjustment appointments where we need to ‘tighten’ your braces. Instead, Empower braces work using light, shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.
The images below show the difference between traditional braces and Empower braces.
Traditional braces on the left are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Empower braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
Why choose Empower braces?
Consistently high-quality results
Discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean
Available in clear brackets for the image conscious patient