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With the right dental tools, you can straighten your chompers, fix your bite, and craft a more beautiful smile. Dental appliances come in some different varieties, and in this post, we’d like to talk about fixed oral appliances.

Braces. Braces are the most well-known fixed dental appliances, and metal braces are comprised of wires, brackets and bands. Braces work by pushing on your pearly whites for realignment, and the wires, brackets and bands work together to accomplish this. The brackets are cemented to the front of the teeth, the bands are seated around the teeth as anchors and the wires go through the brackets. When the wires are tightened, they place tension on your teeth and align them; based on the growing location of your chompers, Dr. Bertha Dieguez will adapt the tension. Braces technology has developed in recent years, and the braces of today are stronger and lighter than those of the past.

Space maintainers. Fixed space maintainers help you to retain slits between pearly whites open when the lost tooth was a baby tooth. Like braces, fixed space maintainers use wires and band to line up your pearly whites appropriately.

Special appliances. Some fixed dental appliances have special purposes like preventing thumb-sucking, and these work with oral bands. These appliances are generally only utilized in dire circumstances.

Would you like to have your chompers realigned? If so, please phone our office at 205-980-4744 now to set up your next appointment with Dieguez Smiles in Birmingham, Alabama.