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Orthodontic Devices You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

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You’ve probably heard of braces and retainers, but are you aware of jaw repositioners? What about space maintainers? Lip and cheek bumpers? Palatal expanders? Dental apparatuses come in numerous forms, and if you’ve got crooked pearly whites or other misalignment conditions, there’s something we can do for you.

The following is a list of dental and orthodontic appliances that you are perhaps unfamiliar with:

-Jaw repositioners can help straighten jaws to make speaking, chomping and breathing additionally comfortable. They may also lessen pain in people in pain from TMJ disorder.

-Lip and cheek bumpers decrease pressure on pearly whites from the lips and cheeks, which can slowly shift chompers over time.

-Palatal expanders widen the jaw through use of a plastic, mouth-applying tool that rests in the roof of the mouth, applying pressure to the bones and palate.

-Space maintainers are advantageous if you’ve lost baby teeth prematurely: to thwart chompers from settling too close together, space maintainers retain gaps open while adult chompers or false teeth are created.

-Other appliances are built for specialized purposes like avoiding thumb-sucking or guarding your pearly whites from grinding or facial trauma.

To learn more about what oral and orthodontic appliances can do for you, please give our Liang Orthodontics team in Washington, DC, a call now at 202-966-7711. They’ll be sure to aid you as they answer your queries and address your concerns, and they can schedule you an appointment with Dr. Christopher Liang.