A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position. You wear the retainer 24 hours a day at first then at night to make sure that none of your teeth move while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw.
Anterior Cross Bite
Anterior cross bites occur when the upper front teeth are inside of the lower front teeth. Over time, the lower jaw grows into a forward position abnormally, thus inhibiting the growth of the maxilla (roof of the mouth or upper jaw). Once the source of the interference causing the cross bite is eliminated, the appliance guides the maxilla back into position. The front of the appliance is moved outward through the tension of an expansion screw at the base of the unit while the back teeth are used for anchorage.
Closing diastemas, commonly referred to as "tooth gaps" are achieved through a cosmetic dental procedure with a specific focus on closing the gaps or spaces between teeth. These gaps can occur naturally or as a result of missing teeth, gum disease, or other dental problems. Diastemas can have both functional and cosmetic implications, making it difficult to clean and maintain good oral hygiene, and affecting the appearance of the smile.
Diastema closures typically involve a cosmetic dentistry procedure, such as dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign. Individually or through a combination of these services, we can close the gap and restore the natural appearance of the teeth. The specific treatment plan depends on the cause and extent of the gap and your goals for your smile. By closing the gap and restoring the natural appearance of the teeth, diastema closures can improve both the health and the beauty of your smile.
A space maintainer is a removable or fixed appliance designed to maintain an existing space. They are usually fitted to children when they have lost baby teeth early. The gap left from losing this tooth needs to be held open for the permanent tooth to erupt in its correct position.
Spring Hawley Retainer
After completing orthodontic therapy, it is not uncommon to still need a little fine tuning of tooth alignment. This is particularly true in patients who have undergone extensive orthodontic therapy and are simply "burned out."
This retainer is useful in correcting minor rotations and crowding. When worn, the spring action of the wires provide a light force to align the teeth. The appliance is constructed to the "ideal" setting and the patient's teeth adapt to their new position.
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