Retainers & Oral Appliances – Roswell, GA
Braces are the most famous example of orthodontics, but the field also includes plenty of other treatments that adults, teens, and children can all benefit from depending on the nature of the adjustments that they need. For example, you might receive an orthodontic retainer, expander, or headgear to either move your teeth in a way that braces simply wouldn’t be able to or to ensure the results of a previous treatment last for the rest of your life. If you want to learn more, get in touch with us today so that we can schedule a FREE consultation for you to discuss treatment with retainers and oral appliances in Roswell, GA.
Why Choose Pop Braces for Retainers & Oral Appliances?
- Appliances Carefully Designed for Every Patient
- Options for Stopping Thumb-Sucking Habits
- Specially Trained, Highly Experienced Orthodontist
Your treatment isn’t over after your braces have been removed. Once you stop using your orthodontic appliance, your teeth will slowly but surely start to shift back to where they were originally. To prevent all that work from being wiped out, we can give you a removable plastic retainer. This simple appliance will be held in your mouth by small metal arms looped around the teeth. For the best results, you’ll wear the retainer as much as possible for a few months; after that, you will only need it at night while sleeping in bed.
If your teeth are particularly likely to shift again at the end of an orthodontic treatment, we’ll give you a fixed retainer that will stay in your mouth at all times. It will consist of a small metal bar held in place by dental cement; it will be on the back of the teeth so that no one else can see it. It’s so thin and unnoticeable that you’re likely to not even notice that it’s there.
Braces can correct many instances of overbite, underbite, or crossbite, but there are particularly severe issues that might require orthodontic headgear as well. We normally recommend it for children whose jaws are still developing. The device will be fitted over and around their head, and it will be attached to the braces. It will typically only be worn at night. During this time, it will exert a small amount of force to redirect the growth of the jaw. Over time, this will eventually help the teeth line up.
The roof of the mouth is also called the hard palate. If it’s too narrow, it might stop your teeth from coming in properly. In the worst-case scenario, it might even lead to impaction (teeth trapped under the gums). A palatal expander is a small metal bar along the roof of the mouth that, over time, is widened in order to broaden the hard palate. This creates the space that the upper teeth need to come in properly. It may also be necessary to make room for the adjustments that braces will make.
There’s nothing wrong with a baby sucking their thumb, but they should drop the habit around their fourth birthday. If they don’t, they might suffer from crooked or gapped teeth, an underdeveloped jaw, and other orthodontic issues that require treatment. A thumb crib is a special oral appliance that might be placed if your child doesn’t give up thumb sucking naturally. It will physically stop them from putting their thumbs in their mouths. It typically only needs to be worn for a few weeks to break the habit.