Malocclusions, or irregularities in teeth positioning, may require orthodontic intervention. Thankfully, orthodontists have a wide range of appliances at their disposal to address these concerns. Let’s delve into some common types of orthodontic appliances that we use at Paul DiFranco Orthodontics of Palos Hills and their benefits.
The iconic stainless steel, titanium, or rubber braces apply gentle pressure over time to align teeth. This gradual process results in straighter teeth, improved aesthetics, and reduced chances of future complications. Braces typically require one to three years of treatment.
After braces are removed, retainers play a vital role in maintaining the achieved alignment. They ensure teeth remain in place and prevent them from shifting back into misalignment.
Reserved for severe malocclusions, headgear offers a holistic approach to jaw manipulation. By using elastic bands and coils, headgear can effectively address underbites and overbites that may not be adequately corrected with braces alone. Adolescents with conditions like overjet, underbite, or crossbite may benefit from headgear.
Offering a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces, clear plastic aligners are removable and almost invisible. They allow normal eating, brushing, and flossing during treatment, providing comfort and effectiveness in straightening misaligned teeth.
Remember, this list only scratches the surface of available orthodontic appliances. To determine the most suitable solution for your unique orthodontic needs, schedule an appointment with our Palos Hills office today to embark on your journey towards a healthier and more confident smile.