Fixed and Removable Appliances
Fixed appliances are devices that are bonded to the teeth permanently. You can’t remove them, and they help shift your teeth to the desired position. Removable appliances, on the other hand, are custom-made to fit your mouth to facilitate your orthodontic treatment and can be removed whenever there’s a need.
At Dental Specialty Center, we offer a variety of both fixed and removable retainers. Let’s have a look at some of them.
Braces remain one of the commonest fixed appliances in dental practice. Braces consist of bands, wires and/or dental brackets. For application, bands are installed around the teeth or target tooth and used as anchors for the dental appliance. Brackets, however are most often installed or bonded to the front of the tooth. Dentists also use arch wires which are passed through the brackets and attached to the bands. Tension is applied to the teeth to help it drift into the desired position by tightening of the archwire. To ensure constant progress of this orthodontic treatment appliance, the orthodontist will usually adjust the braces every 6-8 weeks to ensure that the desired result is achieved at the end of the treatment. The new age braces are however smaller and lighter compared to traditional braces and have also been designed to show far less metal. Today’s braces are also available in color options for kids as well as the clear style option which is most preferred by adults.
Fixed space maintainers
Lower Lingual Holding Arch (LLHA): this is frequently used as a space maintainer for the lower teeth. LLHA maintains the molar position and the TPA can also be used to stabilize the molar position.
These appliances are worn on the upper and lower teeth and are recommended after successful orthodontic treatments. Retainers help keep the teeth in their new position and prevent against drifting to their former position.
Nightbraces: These are headgear appliances that are composed of a facebow, and a strap that is latched to the back of the neck. This appliance provides a continuous light force that is essential for correcting skeletal growth and dental development. This appliance is worn at night because the most body and skeletal growth occurs at night.
Protection Face Mask
This is an orthopedic appliance that is used to enhance the forward growth of the upper jaw, especially in cases of maxillary deficiency.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist, please contact us at (877) 422-6257 or you can contact us using our easy online form to request an appointment and someone will contact you shortly.