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As part of an orthodontic treatment protocol known as dentofacial orthopedics, palate expanders (aka palatal expanders) are custom appliances that are used to physically widen the upper jaw to create more space for the growth of permanent teeth. Palate expanders are most commonly used in children and teens, as the two halves of the upper jaw bone (maxilla) do not permanently fuse until the mid-to-late teenage years. Palate expanders sound intimidating, but they are actually a relatively simple and pain-free orthodontic treatment option. Many times, palatal expanders are used in the first stage of orthodontic treatment, prior to braces.
Clear Braces (Invisalign)
Naturally, a major apprehension amongst teenage and adult patients when it comes to teeth straightening is they're worried about how uncomfortable and unsightly traditional wire braces will be. Invisalign® clear aligners solve both of these problems, and they produce far faster results compared to wire braces. The advanced straightening method uses clear, removable sets of aligners that slowly shift the teeth over time into the perfect location. Invisalign braces are fast, highly effective, and the best part is, you don't even know they're there.
Custom mouth guards can be particularly effective at correcting minor misalignments with the jaw. Mouth guards work by reducing stress on the temporomandibular joint; most often worn at night, they can correct common conditions such as sleep apnea, bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth), and other complications and symptoms related to TMJ disorder.
Retainers are worn after braces or Invisalign treatments are complete. Permanently straightening teeth is a process that is broken down into two major phases: the active phase and the retention phase. During the active phase, constant pressure is kept on the teeth to physically pull them into alignment. Once that pressure is released, the teeth will naturally want to return to their original position - retainers prevent this from happening. Depending on your specific treatment, a retainer will be worn anywhere from just a few months to several years after the alignment process is complete.
Everyone knows what braces are; wire brackets that bond to the teeth and pull them into alignment over time. Traditionally, braces were unsightly, uncomfortable, and a nightmare to clean and maintain. Modern day braces - like the ones we install here at Aarohi Dental in New Bedford, MA - are narrow, low-profile, and streamlined to complement each patient's unique facial features. Using lightweight wire and ultra low-profile brackets made from space age material, you'll barely know the braces are there. We also incorporate advanced technology to minimize discomfort and ensure healing times that are up to 50% faster than traditional methods.
Align your Smile and Your Health
A straighter, more confident smile is just the beginning. The boost in your self-esteem can have lasting effects not only on your immediate emotional health but your overall outlook on life. Oral function will also be renewed which means you’ll be able to eat and speak with greater ease as well. However, one area many of our patients in New Bedford, MA are actually surprised to experience is better oral health. With straight teeth comes easier hygiene routines. Gaps no longer trap food and crowded teeth are easier to floss. This advantage has shown long-term effects on our patients’ oral health, minimizing tooth decay and gum disease, as well as protecting their systemic health. If left untreated dental decay and infection can spread to become systemic infection. Don’t let the hassle or cost of orthodontics stop you from receiving the benefits of orthodontics. Visit us for a consultation and review all your options. We’ll make receiving braces easier than you think!