Orthodontic Appliances in Littleton, CO
There’s more to orthodontic care than just braces and Invisalign®. We provide orthodontic appliances to prevent teeth from becoming crooked in the first place, to help prepare for a treatment, and to maintain the beautiful results after a procedure is complete. To learn more about any of these services and how they might help you or your child, contact Summit Family Orthodontics today!
When the upper arch isn’t wide enough or there’s not enough room in the mouth for teeth to come in properly, it can end up causing crowding, impacted teeth (teeth blocked from erupting), or a misaligned bite. If we notice this to be the case with you or your child, we can design a palatal expander, which will gently apply pressure to create more space. Palatal expanders are most often used with kids because early orthodontic treatment helps reduce their need for a more intensive procedure in the future.
Baby teeth may fall out eventually, but they serve an important purpose: holding the space where permanent teeth should come in. If your child loses a baby tooth too early, it can cause nearby teeth to shift into the gap, possibly resulting in crooked teeth or crowding. Like its name suggests, a space maintainer holds that space open so the permanent tooth can erupt correctly. Saving space from the get-go is easier than trying to make more room in the future.
We know how exciting it is to finally complete your orthodontic treatment, but to make sure you preserve all that hard work straightening out your teeth, it’s important to wear retainers. Retainers can be removable or a lingual wire (a wire bonded behind your teeth), and they prevent your teeth from shifting out of their perfect positions. After designing your retainers, we’ll give you instructions for how long to wear your retainers each day.