Dentures and Appliances
Types of Dentures and Appliances
The most common type of prosthetic dental appliance is dentures. Dentures exist in several forms: partial and full. Partial dentures fit in part of your mouth where there are missing teeth. The new style of partial dentures are constructed of a flexible material that moves more naturally and easily with your mouth. Full dentures replace complete tooth loss on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws.
- Orthodontic Retainers
Retainers keep your teeth in place after having orthodontic work done. When you have your braces removed, your orthodontist will fit you with a retainer. Typically you wear the retainer at night to keep your teeth in place, though some patients have to wear it day and night for a while after having braces removed.
If you’ve ever considered Invisalign braces, this technology uses a series of retainers that slowly reposition your teeth. You wear Invisalign braces day and night until your treatment is done, removing them only to brush your teeth, clean the retainers, and eat.
If your child loses a baby tooth too early, your dentist or orthodontist may recommend a removable space maintainer. Without the adult tooth to push through the gum, the space the baby tooth leaves can cause the other tooth to move out of alignment. The removable space maintainer keeps that space open for the adult tooth. Your child only has to wear it until the adult tooth comes in.