Orthodontic appliances are not just limited to fixed and removable braces. There are many devices available to correct jaw alignment irregularities and reposition the teeth. In some cases, traditional fixed or removable braces are used in conjunction with another type of orthodontic appliance, which serves to fulfill one of the following functions:
Expanding the palate to create space
Closing large gaps between the teeth
Correcting irregularities, such as an elongated mandible (lower jaw) bone or a short maxilla (upper jaw) bone
Alleviating crowding in the upper or lower jaw
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
Most types of orthodontic appliances treat a specific irregularity. The nature of your diagnosis points your dental professional towards the most effective treatment.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontic appliances, please contact your dental professional.