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When you need to align your teeth, you don’t always have to use a fixed orthodontic appliance. Multiple removable appliances are available to support you in having the smile that you want. We’ve aggregated a list of many of the current common removable orthodontic apparatuses for you to learn a bit more about your options:

Headgear. With headgear, your jaw growth is slowed by a strap behind your head attaching to a wire in front of your head. (This is referred to as a face bow.)

Lip and cheek bumpers. Lip and cheek bumpers are fashioned to isolate the lips and cheeks from the teeth. If cheeks and lips press too tightly on the teeth, chompers might move out of alignment; cheek bumpers eliminate that kind of pressure.

Palatal expander. Palatal expanders are shaped to extend the upper jaw arch. These plastic tools fit on top of the roof of the oral cavity, and pressure applied to them by outward screws widens the joints of the bones and expands the mouth palate.

Retainers. One of the extra common appliances, retainers are regularly utilized preventively to avert shifting of chompers into former positions. There are other uses for retainers, but they’re generally used to keep pearly whites straight.

If you have lost a baby tooth prematurely and are waiting for the adult tooth to come in or if your pearly whites or jaw are misaligned, an orthodontic appliance might be right for you. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Jerrold Hennes and our Vista, California, Hennes Orthodontics office, please give us a call about your teeth at (760) 598.1707 now.