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There are lots of ways to straighten your teeth, and recent advancements in orthodontic technology make it possible to straighten your pearly whites without fixed appliances. There are many different appliances for many different purposes, but we’ll highlight just a few of them here. Here are a few removable orthodontic appliances you should be familiar with:

Aligners. Unlike metal braces, orthodontic aligners are removable appliances. They’re see-through and almost invisible, and because they’re removable, you won’t have to worry about the excessive cleaning of them since you can take them out when you eat.

Space maintainers. Space maintainers are utilized to save gaps between your pearly whites when they’re required, like when you lose a baby tooth before an adult one has been fashioned. Removable space maintainers are regularly formed from plastic and wire, used to save open spaces.

Jaw repositioners. Jaw repositioning appliances, also referred to as splints, are worn to keep the jaw aligned correctly. When your jaw is misaligned, chomping your food, speaking and even breathing can become difficult. Misaligned jaws can also cause serious headaches, so jaw repositioners are great for those with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ.

We hope that this information on removable orthodontic appliances has been constructive for you. Please set up your next visit with Dr. Michael Emanuel at Michael Emanuel DDS PLLC in Brooklyn, New York, now by calling 718-336-5005.