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An oral or orthodontic appliance is any tool utilized as part of a system to keep your pearly whites aligned suitably, and these tools can be installed to be fixed or removable, anchored inside or outside of the mouth. Here’s a brief rundown of the different varieties of oral and orthodontic tools practitioners use:

– Braces come in multiple types. Traditional braces include wires, braces and bands that work in a system that moves your pearly whites into their proper alignment over time.

– Aligners are unique from metal braces since they are removable. This means you can take them out to consume food, so they won’t take much time to clean. Most of them are practically invisible, so people may not realize if you’re sporting them.

– Headgear, a well-known but nowadays less prevalent oral appliance, slows jaw growth through a system of straps and wires.

– Retainers are very common oral appliances used to lessen and foil the shifting of teeth, primarily after another alignment treatment. Retainers are removable, and they can also be used to prevent thumb-sucking.

If you are stressed over the alignment of your teeth, the staff at Jacobsen Orthodontics in Victorville, California, can help you. Please call their office now at 760-951-7752 to schedule your next appointment or a consultation with Dr. Michael Jacobsen.