Types of Appliances
There are various types of removable dental appliances that support
the treatment of crooked teeth or misaligned jaws. Listed below are a
few of the most popular ones.
A bionator is an appliance that encourages lower jaw growth. It fits
over the top and bottom teeth and puts pressure on the lower jaw in a
Mouth guards are removable, plastic appliances that fit over the
teeth to protect them during sports. They also protect the tongue and
jaw and can prevent head injuries such as concussions.
Another form of a mouth guard is that of a night guard (or splint).
While sleeping, some people have a tendency to grind their teeth, a
condition known as bruxism. A night guard can be worn to reduce the
A thumb appliance, known as a habit crib, can be worn to curb the
thumb sucking habit in small children. The appliance makes it difficult
to keep the thumb in the mouth.
Headgears are a removable appliance generally worn at night or during
sleep that treats overjet and overbite and restricts upper jaw growth.
It generally consists of a facebow that attaches to the teeth along with
a strap that fits around the head or neck.
After braces are removed, the teeth still have tendency to move
around a bit as a natural part of the growth process. Retainers are
removable appliances that are used to prevent this kind of shifting. A
removable retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds
them in their positions.
A wire or piece of plastic connected to the teeth which serve to
preserve or create space for other teeth where a tooth has fallen out.
These appliances prevent future crowding or misalignment.
If you live in or around Tarzana and would like to learn more about
different type of braces we offer, please call us today!
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