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A dental or orthodontic appliance is any device utilized to keep your teeth aligned appropriately, and these appliances can be applied to be fixed or removable, seated inside or outside of the mouth. Here’s a rundown of the types of oral and orthodontic appliances practitioners use:

-Braces come in a number of varieties. Traditional braces include wires, braces and bands that connect in a system that moves your teeth into their proper placement over time.

-Aligners are different from traditional metal braces because they are removable. This means that you can take them out to consume food, so they won’t take much time to clean. Most of them are practically invisible, so many people may not realize if you’re donning them.

-Headgear, a well-known but lately less often used dental device, slows jaw growth through a system of straps and wires.

-Retainers are very common dental appliances used to decrease and avert the shifting of chompers, primarily after another alignment service. Retainers are removable, and they can also be used to thwart thumb-sucking.

If you are worried about the alignment of your chompers, the staff at West End Orthodontics in Glen Allen, Virginia, can help you. Please call their office now at 804-364-8366 to schedule your next appointment or a consultation with Dr. Frank Iuorno.