During your initial appointment, you and your orthodontic specialist will determine the court of treatment/s that are appropriate for you depending on your unique needs.
There are two types of appliances that help to correct problems with your teeth and jaws by applying hard but gentle pressure to align them. The two types of orthodontic appliances are fixed and removable.
Fixed Orthodontic Appliances: Braces are the most prevalent form of fixed orthodontic procedure. However, forget about the metal mouths of the past; new braces are lightweight, minimalist, and available in a variety of colors, making them more like a fashion accessory than a dental one. Braces are secured to the teeth and adjusted with a set of bands and wires operating at varying frequencies to meet the specific needs of the patient.
Fixed orthodontic appliances are also used to help manage thumb sucking and tongue thrusting, as well as fixed space maintainers that are used in children to retain an open space after an adult tooth emerges. This is most often used where a child requires extraction of an infant’s tooth before the adult tooth is ready.
Removable Orthodontic Appliances: There’s a much broader range of removable orthodontic appliances than ever before. Aligners are an excellent alternative to conventional braces since they are almost completely transparent. They should be worn all day only taken out to eat, brush teeth, and floss.
Retainers are used often by orthodontic patients. Their main function is to keep teeth from reverting to their original positions. Retainers are sometimes used after the treatment with braces has concluded.
Types of removable orthodontic appliances:
- Lip and cheek protectants
- Jaw-positioning apparatus
- Headgear – slows the growth of the upper jaw and moves the front teeth to a more normal position
Removable space maintainers