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Orthodontic Appliances: Understanding the Options

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Woman in dental chair looking at xray with dentist at Keizer Family Dental in Keizer, OROrthodontic treatment is evolving at a rapid rate. Therefore, a range of appliances helps achieve a straighter and healthier smile. It is essential to understand the different types of appliances, and in this article, we will explore common orthodontic appliances and their advantages.

These are the most familiar and most popular. You can select either traditional or clear braces. The traditional braces are metal brackets bonded to the teeth and connected by metal wires. These wires exert gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them to their desired position.

One example of a clear aligner is Invisalign, which is popular due to its virtually invisible appearance and removable nature. Clear aligners are custom-made and designed to shift the teeth into alignment. They are an excellent option for individuals seeking flexible treatment with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Both traditional and clear braces effectively correct orthodontic issues, such as crowded teeth, gaps, and misaligned bites.

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An orthodontic headgear helps to correct jaw misalignment. They are best recommended for children whose bones are still growing and can be readjusted. This device exerts pressure on your jaw, forcing it to align correctly.

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A Herbst appliance is used to align your upper and lower jaws. It helps to move the upper jaw backward, and the lower jaw is shifted forward. A dental expert attaches it to either side of your jaws. It consists of frameworks made of stainless steel, and you can expect results in 8 to 12 months.

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Space maintainers are orthodontic appliances helping to preserve the space left by a prematurely lost baby tooth, ensuring proper alignment and eruption of permanent teeth. These appliances are also custom-made and may be fixed or removable.

All these appliances have their unique benefits. Consult with your orthodontist for specific needs and start your journey towards a healthier and more beautiful smile.

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