5 Types of Orthodontic Appliances
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5 Types of Orthodontic Appliances

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Here at Lockett Orthodontics, it’s our goal to detect and fix misalignments the teeth and jaws, allowing our patients to chew properly, speak clearly, and feel confident about their smiles. We do this through the use of orthodontic appliances. While many of these may look similar, a variety of orthodontic methods is used to fix tooth and jaw problems and improve the way the teeth look.

5 Types of Orthodontic Appliances

  • Braces – Traditional braces are used to straighten the teeth. These consist of brackets that are attached to the teeth, as well as bands and wires that help to slowly shift the teeth back into the correct position.
  • Retainers – Once braces are removed, dental retainers are worn to hold the teeth in place. Retainers are acrylic bases that rest against the roof of the mouth, attached to a wire that goes across the front of the teeth.
  • Spacers – Before dental braces are placed, you may first need to wear spacers. Spacers are small plastic rings placed between the back teeth in order to create a space where needed between the back teeth.
  • Bite Plates – Bite plates are used to help correct a “deep bite.” This is what occurs when the upper teeth come down too far over the bottom teeth. This type of problem may cause problems with eating and speaking.
  • Palatal Expanders – Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper jaw. Expanders separate the bones of the palate and will allow the top and bottom jaws to fit together more comfortably. This will provide more space for crowded teeth.

If you’re in need of a skilled orthodontist, please contact Lockett Orthodontics. Dr. Rhoda Lockett will talk to you about which orthodontic appliance would be best for your unique situation. To make an appointment, please call our Colorado Springs, Colorado orthodontics office today!

Posted on Feb 24, 2020

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