Introduction to Your Appliances
Throughout the treatment process – before, during or after – you may need an orthodontic appliance. This can be in the form of a retainer, palate expander or bite splint.
When the teeth are moved with braces there are forces in the mouth that will cause the teeth to drift back toward their original position. Such drifting is called relapse. In order to prevent relapse, appliances called retainers are used.
A custom fit appliance, known as a palate expander, is designed to widen your upper teeth. It fits in the roof of the mouth and is cemented to the upper side teeth.
For patients who grind their teeth, a simple plastic piece that fits into the roof of the mouth known as a bite splint may be used. Indications that you may be grinding include: headaches, sore jaw muscles particularly in the morning or broken teeth.
No matter what appliance you may use throughout your orthodontic treatment, we have organized our most frequently asked questions relative to each.
To set up an appointment or to find a location near you, please contact us at our administrative offices 330.688.8667.
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