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Removable orthodontic appliances

What are removable orthodontic appliances?

Removable orthodontic appliances are designed to aid your orthodontic treatment plan. They are provided to supplement your braces or clear aligners and are most commonly used to perform specific tooth movements or to protect your teeth and mouth from injury.

What are some common removable appliances?

Common types of removable orthodontic appliance include:

  • Clear aligners
  • Elastics
  • Headgear
  • Night guards
  • Palatal expanders
  • Retainers
  • Sports mouth guards

How will a removable orthodontic appliance benefit me?

Removable appliances help complete specific tooth movements and make small adjustments to the positions of your teeth that would not be possible with regular braces. Other appliances help prevent injury or keep your newly aligned teeth in place following treatment. Each type of appliance has its own benefits, and we will review details about your appliance with you at the time you receive it.

Removable orthodontic appliances


A removable orthodontic appliance may be recommended as part of your treatment plan if standard orthodontic treatment cannot complete specific tooth movements. Our dentists will evaluate your teeth and smile to determine if an appliance is needed and, if so, which type of appliance is right for you. Give us a call today to set up an appointment and learn more!


Based on your specific orthodontic needs, our dentists may recommend a removable orthodontic appliance. There are several types of removable appliances available. Depending on your Individual needs and goals, we may suggest one or more of the following:

  • Clear aligner
    Clear aligners are a discreet alternative to traditional braces. These aligners are custom made to fit over your teeth and gently move your teeth to their correct positions. Because they are made of clear, smooth plastic, they are both comfortable and virtually invisible.
  • Retainer
    Retainers are used to maintain your straight, beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment. There are several types of retainers available, and our team will help you determine which type is best suited to your needs.
  • Mouth guard
    These can be used to protect your smile from injury and damage. We often recommend protective mouth guards for patients who participate in sports and other athletic activities.
  • Headgear
    Headgear is most often used to restrict the growth of the upper jaw and improve an overbite (overjet).
  • Night guard
    You may need a night guard if you grind or clench your teeth as you sleep. The night guard creates a barrier between the teeth to protect them.
  • Palatal expander
    A palatal expander is a device used to create more space in the mouth by gradually widening the upper jaw. They are used for children while their mouths and jaws are still developing.

Call us today to learn more and find out whether a removable appliance is right for your smile.

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