Types of Appliances

Appliances are used during various stages of the orthodontic process, either to retain the new position of teeth, or in some cases to influence the growth of the jaws for a better bite alignment. Appliances may be fixed or removable.

Types of Appliances

  • Retainers: Used after braces are removed to hold teeth in their new positions. You must wear your retainer as prescribed to prevent regression of your treatment.
  • Palatal Expander: Designed to widen your upper jaw, a palatal expander applies outward pressure on your upper molars to slowly expand your palate.
  • Headgear: For a severe overbite or underbite, headgear is sometimes used to continuously pull on your teeth, restricting further growth forward.
  • Positioners: Designed to complete the final tooth necessary movements, positioners are usually the last step in the orthodontic process.
  • Twin Block: A removable functional appliance designed to modify growth of the jaw. 
  • California Bar: Is used to correct the bite of your back teeth in a timely manner using a non invasive, comfortable bar. 

Care of Appliances

As with retainers, all orthodontic appliances should be worn as prescribed. They should be cleaned with toothpaste once a day, and if removed for eating or sports, they should be placed in their container, never in a pocket or napkin where they may be broken or thrown away.

Pain and Soreness

It is normal for new or recently adjusted appliances to cause soreness or a slight alteration of speech for a few days following your appointment. If you experience a sore spot on the gums, however, please call our office so that we can make an appropriate adjustment.