Oral Appliances - Lakewood | Dallas, TX
Our Appliances Transform Smiles
Even though most people think of braces when they think of orthodontics, this field of dentistry involves so much more. Depending on your specific needs, we can use various oral appliances to make orthodontic changes in your smile. During your consultation with Dr. Simon, she can evaluate your unique mouth and recommend which therapies can be beneficial for you. Call us today to schedule your appointment with her!
Why Choose Lakewood Orthodontics for Oral Appliances?
- Customized Care for Each Patient
- Dental Insurance Accepted
- Patients of All Ages Welcome
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
At Lakewood Orthodontics, we are proud to offer many oral appliances that can change how the teeth are aligned, how your upper and lower teeth line up, and so much more. Read on to learn about the oral appliances we use to make our patients’ smile dreams a reality.
Also known as rubber bands, elastics help to improve how your upper and lower teeth fit together during treatment. All patients need to do is wear them as prescribed.
Headgear is primarily used in cases of overbites or underbites. They pull on the teeth so as to minimize any additional forward movement of your upper teeth and jaw.
This appliance applies pressure on the palate so that your upper jaw can widen. Adjustments need to be made at regular intervals, and it needs to be worn for several months so that the changes can be solidified and the risk of regression is minimal.
For some patients, a positioner is used for the final, permanent movements of the teeth once your orthodontic treatment is nearing its end. Patients should only need to wear them for four to eight weeks to achieve ideal results.
Retainers are a necessary element of orthodontic treatment, and they’re used to maintain the changes that braces have created after they’re removed from the patient’s teeth. Dr. Simon and her team members will be sure to explain how to properly care for your retainer and for how long you should wear it.
Separators may be placed between your teeth in order to push them apart, making room for bands. They’ll be removed before the bands are placed; in the meantime, patients should avoid particularly sticky foods and the use of toothpicks or floss in these areas.
Carriere® Distalizer™ Appliance
When the bite is improperly aligned, such as with a severe overbite, the molars (back teeth) need to be pushed back before normal orthodontic treatment can start. In the past, this entailed wearing headgear. Now, the Carriere® Distalizer™ accomplishes the same end goal, just more efficiently and more subtly.
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