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When you need to realign your chompers, you don’t have to use a fixed orthodontic apparatus. Numerous removable devices are available to aid you in having the smile you want. We’ve gathered a list of many of the current prevalent removable orthodontic apparatuses for you to learn slightly more about your available choices:

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

Lip and cheek bumpers. Lip and cheek bumpers are created to isolate the lips and cheeks from the chompers. If cheeks and lips press too tightly on the chompers, teeth may move out of their location; cheek bumpers eliminate that pressure.

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

Retainers. One of the extra common appliances, retainers are typically utilized preventively to avoid shifting of teeth into their former positions. There are several other uses for retainers, but they’re generally used to keep pearly whites in alignment.

If you have lost a baby tooth prematurely or if your chompers or jaw are misaligned, an orthodontic appliance might be right for you. To pencil in a consultation with Dr. Joseph P. Goodson and our Austin, Texas, Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS office, please reach out to us about your teeth at 512-258-6683 now.