Patient Contest


Opus 1 is new to the community. We’d love to meet you! Come by the office, meet our team, and take your picture in our photo booth. Go ahead, share it with your friends- at the end of the summer, the person who posted the photo with the most likes wins a $100 Visa Giftcard! What better way to introduce ourselves to the world? So come in and show us your smile, your grimace, or goofy face. Whatever works for you!

*Please see our office for details.


Common Orthodontic Appliances

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF when you hear the word appliances? You probably picture a dishwasher or refrigerator  in a kitchen, right? Hahaha, we don’t blame you! When it comes to orthodontics, appliances are what we call all of the various mechanics we use to straighten teeth or adjust bites and jaw functions. How familiar are you with some of the orthodontic appliances available? There are quite a few of them, and they all play important roles in building healthy, properly aligned smiles. Let’s take a look at some of the most common ones.


For severe cases of overbite, underbite, or crowding, headgear may be needed. Luckily, in our office we use something different for overbites! Check out the Carriere Motion appliance! This is something we add to your braces or aligners to fix your jaw position from INSIDE your mouth, rather than a bulky headgear! For younger kiddos with an underbite, headgear may be the best route.

Palatal Expanders

Sometimes the upper jaw is too narrow which will make the upper teeth crowded, making it harder to breathe through the nose, and often creating a crossbite with the bottom teeth. A palatal expander gently and gradually widens the upper arch to correct these problems. Crowding of the bottom teeth can also be corrected with an expander, but it works differently. Instead of widening the jaw, a lower expander pushes the teeth into an upright position (if they are tipped inward) or flares them slightly to create more room.

If you need a reminder of how to activate your palatal expander, watch this video:

Space Maintainers And Holding Arches

When a child loses a tooth that isn’t ready to come out on its own due to an injury or tooth decay, a space maintainer can keep the gap open so the adult tooth will have room to come in. Maintainers can be cemented in place or removable. When a child loses multiple teeth too early, it may be necessary to use a holding arch, which will keep enough space between the front teeth and the molars for new teeth to grow in. Without holding arches or space maintainers, teeth tend to crowd out the others before they have a chance to erupt. Sometimes blocked out teeth will need to be surgically addressed.

Your Treatment Is ALWAYS Tailor-Made For You!

When it comes to Dr. Monika Barakat’s treatment plans, no two patients are the same! When you come to Opus 1 Orthodontic Studio, we will develop a treatment plan to give you the best result in the most efficient amount of time, and we will use the appliances that fit your lifestyle. If you haven’t already scheduled your free initial consultation, give us a call or drop by today!

We LOVE our patients!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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