Orthodontic Appliances

Orthodontic Appliances

When people think of orthodontics, they usually think of braces. But as our orthodontist, Dr. Richard Risinger, can tell you, braces and aligners are just parts of the process. Dr. Risinger may also suggest using one or more of the appliances listed below to improve your smile and dental health.

Two of our most effective and popular devices are the Carriere® motion appliance and the Herbst appliance. Both of these help align the jaw and the teeth to prepare you for your orthodontic treatment. The Carriere helps align your back molars and other less-visible teeth to help make your regular treatment quicker and more effective. The Herbst appliance gently moves your upper and lower jaws into a better alignment, helping to make sure that orthodontic treatment isn’t undone by a poorly aligned bite. Both appliances are low-profile and straightforward, and we love using them to help our patients!

To learn more about the Carriere motion appliance, the Herbst appliance and our other orthodontic appliances in Glastonbury, Connecticut, or to make an appointment at Risinger Orthodontics for your free initial consultation, contact our team at 860-633-8321.

Based on your specific orthodontic needs, our orthodontist 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.