Orthodontic appliances play a crucial role in achieving a beautiful, healthy smile. These devices are essential for correcting misalignments and ensuring optimal dental health. Generally, orthodontic appliances fall into two main categories: fixed and removable. Each type serves specific purposes and is chosen based on individual dental needs. When you visit State Street Dental, and as your orthodontic treatment progresses, our dentist will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine which type of appliance is right for you.

Fixed Orthodontic Appliances

A fixed appliance is not removable, and must be placed and removed by our dentist. The most common fixed appliance is traditional dental braces. These braces consist of brackets, which can be made from metal or tooth-colored ceramic, bonded to each tooth and connected by an archwire. Additionally, orthodontic elastic bands are often used to apply targeted pressure to specific teeth, aiding in their movement.

During regular orthodontic appointments, our dentist will adjust the wires and bands, gradually moving your teeth into the desired alignment. In cases of overcrowding, one or more teeth may need to be extracted before braces are placed to create enough space in the jawbone.

Removable Orthodontic Appliances

Several types of removable devices might be recommended by our dentist, based on a thorough examination and diagnosis.

  • Invisalign® clear aligners: Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear, plastic trays to gently move your teeth over time. You will receive new trays every few weeks to maintain consistent pressure on your teeth, ensuring they gradually shift into the correct position.
  • Headgear: This appliance is typically used to correct developmental issues. For instance, if the upper jaw grows more slowly than the lower jaw, reverse pull headgear can help. Conversely, high pull headgear is used when the lower jaw’s growth lags, helping to align the teeth properly.
  • Retainers: After braces, retainers are used to maintain your teeth’s new alignment. They ensure that the jawbone sets in the desired position, keeping your teeth straight over time.

Depending on your needs, our dentist may also recommend appliances such as athletic guards, night guards or palatal expanders. Dr. Gregory Davis will discuss your options with you before determining which type of appliance is right for you so you can make a fully informed decision about your care.

Call State Street Dental today at 208-939-1700 to schedule an appointment and learn more about orthodontic appliances in Boise, Idaho!