What Type Of Orthodontics Are Available?
Fixed appliances – the most common devices used in orthodontics. Although the patient can eat normally with fixed appliances, some foods and drinks need to be avoided.
Braces – consisting of brackets and/or wires and bands.
Fixed space maintainers – if the child loses a milk tooth, a space maintainer will stop the two teeth at either side of the spaces from moving into it until the adult tooth comes through
Removable appliances – should only be taken out when cleaning, eating or flossing. Examples of removable appliances include:
Aligners – an option instead of traditional braces for adult patients.
Removable retainers – these are placed on the roof of the mouth. They are designed to stop the teeth from moving back to their original positions.
Splints (jaw repositioning appliances) – commonly used for TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) syndrome, are placed either in the top or lower jaw and help the jaw close properly.