What are removable orthodontic appliances?
Removable orthodontic appliances are designed to aid your orthodontic treatment plan. They are provided to supplement your braces or clear aligners and are most commonly used to perform specific tooth movements or to protect your teeth and mouth from injury.
Common types of removable appliances
Clear aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional braces. These aligners are custom made to fit over your teeth and gently move your teeth to their correct positions. Because they are made of clear, smooth plastic, they are both comfortable and virtually invisible.
Retainers are used to maintain your straight, beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. There are several types of retainers available, and our team will help you determine which type is best suited to your needs.
These can be used to protect your smile from injury and damage. We often recommend protective mouth guards for patients who participate in sports and other athletic activities.
Headgear is most often used to restrict the growth of the upper jaw and improve an overbite (overjet).
You may need a night guard if you grind or clench your teeth as you sleep. The night guard creates a barrier between the teeth to protect them.
A palatal expander is a device used to create more space in the mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. They are used for children while their mouths and jaws are still developing.
The right appliance for you
A removable orthodontic appliance may be recommended as part of your treatment plan if standard orthodontic treatment cannot complete specific tooth movements. Dr. Clark, Dr. Vitsas & Dr. Hur will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine if an appliance is needed and, if so, which type of appliance is right for you. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and learn more!