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There are a number of ways to straighten your teeth, and recent boosts in orthodontic technology make it possible to realign your chompers without fixed appliances. There are many appliances for many different purposes, but we’ll point out just some of them. Here are some removable orthodontic appliances you should be familiar with:

Aligners. Unlike traditional metal braces, orthodontic aligners are removable appliances. They’re clear and nearly invisible, and because they’re removable, you won’t have to worry about excessive cleaning of them since you can take them out when you eat.

Space maintainers. Space maintainers are used to save gaps between your chompers when they’re necessary, such as when you lose a baby tooth before an adult one has been made. Removable space maintainers are typically formed from plastic and wire, used to retain open spaces.

Jaw repositioners. Jaw repositioning appliances, also called splints, are worn to keep the jaw aligned appropriately. When your jaw is misaligned, eating, speaking and even breathing can become tricky. Misaligned jaws can also cause grave headaches, so jaw repositioners are great for people with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ.

We hope that this info on orthodontic appliances has been constructive for you. Please pencil in your next visit with Dr. Bryan Brassington at Richmond Orthodontics in Richmond, Virginia, now by calling 804-740-7281.