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With the correct dental devices, you can realign your teeth and craft a more beautiful smile. Oral appliances come in a few different kinds, and in this post, we’d like to talk about fixed oral appliances.

Braces. Braces are the most well-known fixed oral appliances, and wire braces consist of wires, brackets and bands. Braces work by pushing on your pearly whites for realignment, and the wires, brackets and bands work together to accomplish this. The brackets are seated to the front of the pearly whites, the bands are positioned around the teeth as anchors and the wires go through the brackets and attach to the bands. When the wires are tightened, they place tension on your chompers and slowly align them; based on the advancing location of your pearly whites, Dr. Constance Brown will adjust the tension. Braces technology has grown in recent years, and the braces of today are stronger than those of the past.

Space maintainers. Fixed space maintainers support you to retain holes between chompers open when the lost tooth was a baby tooth. Like braces, fixed space maintainers use wires and band to line up your teeth appropriately.

Special appliances. Some fixed oral appliances have purposes such as controlling thumb-sucking, and these appliances work with oral bands. These appliances are generally only utilized in dire circumstances.

Would you like to have your pearly whites realigned? If so, please contact our office at 360-256-7220 now to set up your next checkup with Brown Orthodontics in Vancouver, Washington.