Fixed and Removable Appliances

At The Dental Specialty Cente our team of highly specialized doctors provide fixed and removable dental appliances for patients to help them better maintain a top quality smile and appearance. Below is some of the information you need to know about our fixed and removable appliances.

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Fixed 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

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.

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander is an orthodontic device that is used to widen the arch of the upper jaw. The widening effect is brought about by the application of outward pressure on the expander by the screws which forces the joints in the bones of the palate to open lengthwise and achieve the goal of a widened palatal area.

Habit appliances

These appliances are recommended for the control of some habits with negative dental effects such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. These appliances are attached to the upper first molars by bands and possess a cage or crib on the palate to help patients eliminate bad habits.

Fixed space maintainers

Space maintainers are applicable for kids who have lost their tooth prematurely. The maintainer prevents against overcrowding of the teeth and also keeps the affected space empty for the growth of permanent teeth.

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.

Removable Appliances

Invisalign aligners

These are alternatives to traditional metal braces and applicable for adults and teens. These aligners are increasingly becoming popular because they offer the flexibility of being removable and are also clear while circumventing the usual disadvantages associated with traditional metal braces.

Removable retainers

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.

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