Orthodontics uses a wide range of oral appliances, including braces, to reposition the teeth and/or the jaw for a healthier, functional and stable bite. Treating crooked teeth, malocclusion and TMJ disorders with appropriate orthodontic care can ensure the long term dental health and enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Without proper treatment, most patients risk tooth damage, complex bite problems, discomfort associated with TMJ and a greater incidence of gum disease.
Dr. Barakat may recommend the use of an oral appliance as part of the early intervention in young patients or to augment the use of braces in teen and adult patients. Oral appliances are often used as one part of a more comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan.
What are the different types of orthodontic appliances?
- Palatal expander: also known as a rapid palatal expander, expands a small palate or underdeveloped palate to accommodate healthy permanent teeth development. This will also address upper jaw alignment issues.
- Functional appliances: These enable normal jaw and tooth development by addressing thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. Functional appliances can be split into two categories: fixed and removable. These include: Distalization appliances, Class II, Class III, Intrusion, Mesialization and Vertical Dimension appliances.
- Sagittal appliances: These allow for normal tooth development where crowding may occur by expanding, or slowly widening your upper jaw arch. This creates room for teeth in your upper jaw.
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Dr. Barakat offers comprehensive consultations for all types of orthodontic concerns. We use state of the art bite analysis technology and digital x-rays to develop a conservative and effective treatment plan. Correct your bite and realign your teeth today. If you or your child has crooked teeth, dental concerns, or an uncomfortable bite, contact our Ottawa, ON dentist office or schedule a consultation online.