Retainers & Oral Appliances – Castle Rock, CO
Fixing Smiles with More Than Just Braces
When most people think about orthodontics, they probably picture braces and maybe clear aligners like Invisalign. As a Board Certified orthodontist, Dr. Dan Rejman can tell you that the field of orthodontics involves so much more than that. Depending on your unique needs, he can create various oral appliances designed to improve or preserve the alignment of the teeth, jaws, and other oral structures. Because Dr. Rejman is also a lifelong artist, you can rest assured that the end result will be a beautiful, healthy smile. To learn more about your options for retainers and oral appliances, call our team at Meadows Orthodontics today!
Why Choose Meadows Orthodontics for Retainers & Oral Appliances?
- Experienced Board Certified Orthodontist Determining Important Treatment
- Full-time, Evening and Weekend Appointments Offered
- Conservative about Early Orthodontic Treatment, Offering Peace of Mind to Parents
One element that all forms of orthodontic treatment have in common is the need for a retainer afterward. Teeth take a while to “remember” their new positions after undergoing orthodontic work. Retainers are designed to keep the teeth in their new alignment and prevent them from drifting back to their previous state and undoing all of the hard work of your treatment. Although most removeable retainers are only worn at night, our team will let you know the proper amount of time that you should wear the retainer depending on your circumstances.
Spacers (or separators), are small rubber bands that are placed between teeth to create small amounts of space if bands need to be fit around the molars. They usually only need to be worn for several days to several weeks, depending on how tightly the teeth are contacting one another. During this period, you should avoid chewing sticky foods or flossing where the separators are located.
If a child’s upper jaw is too narrow, it can create problems when the permanent teeth begin erupting. In this case, a palatal expander can gradually widen the palate (roof of the mouth) to ensure there is enough room for the teeth to come in safely. Dr. Rejman will recommend the proper timing for optimal expansion, as the child’s skeletal maturity, dental development, and airway issues are among the factors that need to be considered.
Thumb-sucking is a perfectly natural and harmless habit for babies and toddlers. However, if a child doesn’t grow out of this habit, they may experience dental health consequences in the future. For example, the bones supporting the front teeth may become deformed, leading to an open bite. A “thumb crib” is a special type of oral appliance that can fix this problem. This device prevents a child from using their thumb or fingers to directly touch the roof of their mouth or their gums.