A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances

A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances

Dr. Peter Wilkinson, Dr. Ramesh and our team correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile.

We do this by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth.

While many of these dental devices look similar, we use a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

What’s in my mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances Dr. Peter Wilkinson, Dr. Richard Coltman and our team correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. We do this by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, we use a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems. Woman with her mouth open and perfect white straight teeth Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after your braces are removed. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable. Braces, bands and wires straighten your teeth. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable. Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed by Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Coltman. These spacers create space between your teeth to enable us to fit different types of appliances. Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. Clear plastic retainers are quite popular, as they are durable and nearly invisible. Glued in wire retainers are the best way to keep your teeth straight, long term. Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in. A palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth. Contact Wilkinson Orthodontics Benowa or Helensvale office on the Gold Coast today to learn more about the ways we can improve the appeal and function of your smile.

Orthodontic appliances are devices that move your teeth, change the position of your jaw, or hold your teeth in their finished positions after your braces are removed. These devices may be attached to your teeth or removable.

Braces

Braces, bands and wires straighten your teeth. Braces are attached to the teeth, so they are not easily removable.

Spacers

Spacers are small plastic rings fitted between your back teeth before your braces are placed by Dr. Wilkinson. These spacers create space between your teeth to enable us to fit different types of appliances.

Retainers

Retainers hold teeth in their finished position after your braces come off. Clear plastic retainers are quite popular, as they are durable and nearly invisible. Glued in wire retainers are the best way to keep your teeth straight, long term.

While many of these dental devices look similar, we use a wide variety of orthodontic appliances to straighten your teeth and repair jaw problems.

Holding arches

Holding arches prevent the back teeth from moving forward to crowd the front teeth. A lower lingual holding arch prevents your permanent molars from migrating forward. The Nance holding arch maintains space between teeth after you lose baby teeth and before the permanent teeth come in.

Palatal expanders

A palatal expander widens your upper jaw by separating the bones of your palate. This appliance helps your top and bottom teeth fit together better. The Quad Helix widens your jaws to create more room for crowded teeth.

Contact Wilkinson Orthodontics Benowa or Helensvale office on the Gold Coast today to learn more about the ways we can improve the appeal and function of your smile.

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