Types of Orthodontic Appliances

In addition to braces, Drs. Rollins and Petersen offer several other orthodontic appliances that help to align teeth. When our orthodontists use these appliances, then we can improve the effectiveness of your straightening treatment. Schedule an appointment at Rollins & Petersen if you want to learn more about our orthodontic appliances in Mesa, Gilbert, Globe, or Queen Creek, Arizona.

Based on your specific orthodontic needs, our orthodontists may recommend a removable orthodontic appliance. There are several types of removable appliances available. Depending on your individual needs and goals, we may suggest a:

  • Clear aligner – Clear aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional braces. These aligners are custom-made to fit over your teeth and gently move your teeth to their correct positions. Because they are made of clear, smooth plastic, they are both comfortable and virtually invisible.
  • Retainer – Retainers are used to maintain your straight, beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. There are several types of retainers available, and our team will help you determine which type is best suited to your needs.
  • Mouth guard – This can be used to protect your smile from injury and damage. We often recommend protective mouthguards for our patients who participate in sports and other athletic activities.
  • Headgear – Headgear is most often used to restrict the growth of the upper jaw and improve an overbite (overjet).
  • Nightguard – You may need a nightguard if you grind and clench your teeth as you sleep. The night guard creates a barrier between the teeth to protect them.
  • Palatal expander – A palatal expander is a device used to create more space in the mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. This is used for children while their mouths and jaws are still developing.

Call us today to learn more and to find out whether a removable appliance is right for your smile.