Removable Dental Appliances
Even though there are many dental appliances available for straightening teeth, braces continue to be the primary method to achieving a straight smile.
In some cases, other dental appliances may be recommended.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs): These mini screws are temporarily fixed to bone in the mouth to provide a fixed point from which to apply force to move teeth. TADs allow for more predictable tooth control.
Rubber bands (elastics): They are used when more force is needed to move the teeth and jaws into the desired position. Elastics must be worn all the time and changed every day. Forgetting to wear elastics, will cause the treatment to extend. These often let children choose a particular color.
Headgear: Headgear is used when extra force is needed to move the teeth and jaws. Usually has to be worn while sleeping or at home.
Retainers: Retainers are used to keep teeth in place once braces are removed. By wearing a retainer, you can prevent your teeth from shifting. Some retainers may be removable and others fixed. Retainers must be work all the time to prevent teeth from returning to their original position. There are glow-in-the-dark retainers or retainers customized with a picture!