Orthodontic appliances, like retainers and expanders, can help to speed up the orthodontic treatment process. Don't wait to seek treatment if you need a custom orthodontic appliance. At Gaiduchik Orthodontics in Carmichael, California, board-certified orthodontist Andrey Gaiduchik, DDS, partners with Formlabs Dental to create high-quality, 3D-printed oral appliances. To make an appointment, call Gaiduchik Orthodontics or book online today.
Orthodontic appliances are dental devices that help straighten your teeth or bite. They can also protect your teeth and gums from damage caused by sports, trauma, or bruxism (teeth grinding).
If you dream of having a more balanced and symmetrical smile, contact Dr. Gaiduchik. After a review of your dental records, an oral exam, and a discussion of your goals, he can make treatment recommendations.
Dr. Gaiduchik offers several types of orthodontic appliances, including:
A mouthguard is a removable appliance that fits snugly over your teeth and gums. It protects the hard and soft tissues in your mouth from trauma. Consider wearing a mouthguard if you play contact sports like football, hockey, or basketball.
A night guard is a removable oral appliance that you wear during sleep. Dr. Gaiduchik might recommend a nightguard if you grind your teeth or have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Some night guards prevent damage to your tooth enamel, while others push your lower jaw forward, improving airflow.
An expander is an orthodontic appliance designed to expand the upper arch. If your child has an abnormal bite, like crossbite or crowded teeth, Dr. Gaiduchik might prescribe an expander.
A retainer is an orthodontic appliance that you wear after you’re finished with braces. You wear the retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting out of position. Some retainers are removable; others are fixed. Dr. Gaiduchik explains how to keep your retainer clean and in good working order.
Headgear is a type of appliance that connects to traditional, clear, or self-ligating braces. Dr. Gaiduchik might prescribe headgear if you have an abnormal bite that requires very precise pressure to correct.
The type of orthodontic appliance that will most benefit you depends on various factors, including your age, the underlying problem, and its severity.
After a review of your dental records, an oral exam, and a discussion of your goals, Dr. Gaiduchik makes treatment recommendations.
The length of time you need to wear an orthodontic appliance depends on your goals for treatment. For example, if you have a mouthguard, it’s important to wear it during any activity that might harm your teeth or jaw. However, if you’re undergoing orthodontics and have headgear, you might need to wear it for only a few months.
To learn more about the benefits of orthodontic appliances, make an appointment at Gaiduchik Orthodontics by calling the office or booking online today.