Orthodontic appliances are an essential part of orthodontic treatment. These devices are used to align and straighten the teeth and jaws, helping patients achieve a strong, healthy smile. They are commonly used in children and teenagers, although adults may also need them.
Many different types of orthodontic appliances are available, and the best one for you will depend on your individual needs. Book a consultation with the trusted team at The Orthodontic Place today to discuss your treatment options.
Braces are appliances used in orthodontics to straighten teeth and fix bite alignment while also improving dental health. Braces are often used as an orthodontic appliance for crooked teeth, overcrowding and crossbite and overbite correction.
Braces are metal or ceramic brackets attached to the teeth and held together with wire. They apply continuous pressure to the teeth, moving them into the desired position over time. This process usually takes months to years, but early orthodontic intervention can reduce the duration of treatment.
In some cases, braces may also be used in combination with other dental appliances, such as rubber bands, bite correction springs or expanders. There are several types of braces, including more discreet solutions, so speak to us for advice on which one is right for you.
Plates, also referred to as removable appliances, are commonly used for simple tooth/teeth repositioning.
A removable appliance can be highly effective as long as it is worn as instructed. If the removable appliance is not worn as required or is removed too often, treatment can take longer than initially planned, with less effective results.
Additional orthodontic treatment may be required following the use of a removable appliance to further move the teeth and roots into the correct position.
Different removable orthodontic appliances are available depending on your problem’s severity, and we’ll discuss the one best suited to your individual needs.
Functional orthodontic appliances can correct jaw size discrepancies. These appliances work by harnessing the action of the jaw muscles and making use of the natural growth of the jaws.
As these appliances rely on jaw growth, they are often implemented at an early age and are not suitable for older patients. The most common types of functional appliances in orthodontics are the Herbst device and Twin Block appliance, both of which aim to bring your child’s lower jaw forward.
Functional orthodontic appliances must be worn all the time (day and night) for their optimum effect, so they require a high degree of patient cooperation. After the active treatment is complete, they are usually worn at night only to allow time for the teeth to settle into their new position.
Functional orthodontic appliances are typically followed up with braces and may reduce the amount of time braces are needed. Functional appliances are not suitable for everyone, so consult an orthodontist before selecting this treatment option.
An expander is an orthodontic device used to widen the upper jaw, helping relieve dental crowding and fix crossbites. It can be removable or fixed and is most effective in younger children.
The appliance works by putting gentle pressure on the teeth and jaws, which encourages new bone growth in the jaw area. As the upper jaw grows wider, the upper and lower teeth begin to align properly.
In addition to correcting narrow upper jaws, expanders can help create extra upper arch space. Expanders are typically worn for a few months and can positively impact the appearance and function of the mouth.
These orthodontic appliances are less effective with increasing age. If you are considering using an expander for your child, book a consultation with us today.
Orthodontic separators, also called spacers, are rubber bands or metal rings placed between your teeth to create a small space.
This space is necessary to comfortably place metal bands/ rings around the back teeth and are most often used in children and teenagers.
Separators are removed before you begin wearing braces or other dental appliances. In some cases, however, they may be left in place. Separators are generally well tolerated and cause little discomfort.
There are many different types of dental appliances in orthodontic treatment, so there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The right appliance for you will depend on several factors, including the severity of your misalignment, age and personal preferences.
No matter what type of orthodontic appliance you choose for yourself or your child, the experienced team at The Orthodontic Place will ensure you get the best possible results. We will evaluate your specific needs and goals and develop a customised treatment plan just for you.