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Types of Orthodontic Appliances

Teen girl with braces in exam chair

At Shirck Orthodontics, every treatment plan is customized according to each patient. During the initial evaluation, Dr. Jeff, Dr. Jen, or Dr. Soorya will complete an oral exam and discuss whether a patient will require a special appliance to achieve the optimal results.

Not every patient will need a separate appliance, though. Every recommendation we make is based on a patient's individual situation. These appliance include:

Spring Aligners

Spring Aligner appliance

Spring aligners are used to provide modest correction to front teeth that have moved slightly out of alignment. They're also good at providing preventive care in cases where teeth might possibly shift in the future.

Invisible Retainers

Clear retainer appliance

An invisible retainer is a custom-made piece that fits over teeth and keeps them from moving out of alignment. Because they're clear, you can wear them discreetly.

Palatal Expanders

Palatal expander appliance

In many cases, a palatal expander is the first step to a straighter smile. We’ll use it to ease crowding and make room for a patient's top and bottom teeth to fit together. The result, following treatment with both the expander and braces, will be a straight, beautiful smile.

Lower Expanders

Lower palatal expander appliance

Similar to the palatal expander, a lower expander treats crowding so that care with conventional braces will be more effective. Not every patient who needs braces will need a palatal or lower expander, but for patients who do, it will be the first step in care.

Tongue Cribs

Tongue crip appliance

For some young patients, the cause of misalignment comes from a bad habit like pressing the tongue against the front teeth when swallowing. A tongue crib prevents this by keeping the tongue away from teeth. Typically, patients only have to wear a tongue crib for a few months and then treatment with braces can begin.

Thumb Cribs

Orthodontist treating patient

As with a tongue crib, a thumb crib is designed to prevent young patients from behavior that can affect the alignment of teeth. In this case, the target is thumb sucking. After treatment with a thumb crib is complete, treatment with braces can begin.

Forsus Appliance

Orthodontist working with young patient

For more severe cases, a Forsus Appliance can provide the needed pressure and guidance for the teeth while still allowing for a full range of motion for the mouth. It works with existing braces and wires and doesn’t even require an external apparatus (facemask). It sits in the back of your mouth where it’s sure to go unnoticed.

Carriere Distalizers

Doctor working on patient

A Carriere Distalizer can be used to correct protruding front teeth as well as crooked back teeth. To see this appliance in action, just watch the video below!

Contact either our Pataskala, New Albany, Westerville, Newark, or Powell office today to schedule a consultation. We can’t wait to provide you with warm, personalized care that leaves you feeling satisfied with your pearly whites. We also serve the areas of Westerville, Sunbury, New Albany, Alexandria, Granville, Johnstown, Newark, Blacklick, Reynoldsburg, and beyond.

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