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An oral or orthodontic appliance is any device utilized as part of a system to keep your teeth aligned suitably, and these appliances can be fitted to be fixed or removable, seated inside or outside of the mouth. Here’s a brief rundown of the different kinds of dental and orthodontic apparatuses practitioners use:

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

– Aligners are unique from traditional metal braces because they are removable. This means that you can take them out to eat, so they won’t take long to clean. Most of them are clear, so many people may not realize when you’re sporting them.

– Headgear, a well-known but nowadays less common dental device, slows jaw growth through use of straps and wires.

– Retainers are very common oral appliances used to lessen and avert the shifting of chompers, primarily after another placement process. Retainers are removable, and they can also be used to avoid thumb-sucking.

If you are worried about the alignment of your teeth, the staff at Steven Jung, DMD, MS in Tracy, California, can help you. Please call their office now at 209-835-0977 to schedule your next appointment or a consultation with Dr. Steven Jung.