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An oral or orthodontic appliance is any tool utilized to keep your chompers aligned correctly, and these apparatuses can be fitted to be fixed or removable, seated inside or outside of the mouth. Here’s a brief rundown of the different kinds of oral and orthodontic appliances practitioners use:

– Braces come in numerous kinds. Traditional braces include wires, braces and bands that work in a system that slowly moves your chompers into their proper alignment over time.

– Aligners are unlike metal braces because they are removable. This means you can remove them to consume food, so they won’t take very long to clean. Most of them are practically invisible, so many people may not realize when you’re wearing them.

– Headgear, a well-known but lately less prevalent oral tool, slows jaw growth through use of straps and wires.

– Retainers are very common oral appliances used to reduce and avoid the shifting of pearly whites, primarily after another location-fixing process. Retainers are removable, and they can also be utilized to thwart thumb-sucking.

If you are worried about the alignment of your pearly whites, the staff at All Kids Dental Pediatrics & Orthodontics in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, can help you. Please call their office now at 970-928-9500 to set up your next checkup or a consultation with Dr. Casey W. Johnson, Matthew J. Burt, & Paul H. Allen.