Orthodontic Appliances – Holden, MA
Additional Methods of Straightening Smiles
While braces and clear aligners are an integral part of our work here at Witt Orthodontics, PC, Dr. Witt has a much wider array of tools at his disposal when it comes to transforming smiles. Our orthodontic appliances make it easier to solve a variety of alignment issues and even prevent others from emerging to begin with. During a consultation, Dr. Witt would be happy to explain which orthodontic appliances could help you or your child. Schedule this appointment by giving our orthodontic office a call.
Why Choose Witt Orthodontics, PC for Retainers & Orthodontic Appliances?
- Convenient In-House Orthodontic Lab
- Relaxed, Friendly Orthodontic Office Environment
- Experienced Orthodontist Who Treats Patients of All Ages
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
Teeth naturally shift back toward their original positions after orthodontic treatment is completed, but retainers can help them stay in place. We often provide removable retainers that look like clear aligners and are easily cleaned. We’ll typically recommend wearing the retainers at night while you sleep.
A retainer can also be fixed in place, only able to be removed by Dr. Witt. Fixed retainers usually entail bonding a small metal bar onto the back of the teeth, preventing them from reverting to the crooked state they were in prior to treatment. Dr. Witt can remove this retainer when he deems fit, though most patients wear them for several years because they can prevent future issues.
When a child has a narrow palate (roof of the mouth), the upper adult teeth may have trouble erupting, and breathing could become difficult later on. A palatal expander can prevent such issues by widening the mouth and upper airway. Metal loops are attached to the molars on either side of the upper arch, and the small bar in the middle is gradually lengthened, encouraging growth of the upper jawbone.
Wearing your retainer as directed is the key to preventing your teeth from drifting and undoing all of the work we did during your orthodontic treatment. If you have a removable retainer, be sure to keep it in its protective case when you’re not wearing it. Every day, clean it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and water. Just don’t use hot water since that could warp the plastic and render it ineffective.