Many people have braces at some point in their lives these days. This popular orthodontic treatment is commonly used to straighten teeth and to correct bite problems. Though many people associate the treatment for straight teeth with the wires and the brackets, there may be other devices involved depending on the amount of work that needs to be done. Other appliances such as retainers or expanders may be used in conjunction with traditional braces, and we here at Graziano Orthodontics can provide you with any Staten Island retainers or expanders if you need them.
If you are considering getting braces, you will need to see a dentist or orthodontist first. Before anything can begin, they will conduct a preliminary exam where they will thoroughly examine your teeth and their current position in order to determine what kind of work needs to be done. This is usually where they will see whether you need an additional retainer or an expander before or during your orthodontic treatment. Here at Graziano Orthodontics, we can provide any prospective patients with the information they need regarding Staten Island retainers and expanders. Retainers are most commonly used once braces have been removed. Retainers are usually worn regularly for about six months to a year and then worn at night and/or when at home in order to make sure that the work done by your braces remains even once they are gone. Over time, you will ease into wearing no orthodontic appliances at all. But some retainers may be used prior to orthodontic work or are kept on throughout the entire treatment, though this is usually only required if you have a more complex malocclusion that you are looking to correct. Expanders, on the other hand, are typically used before and during orthodontic treatment. These devices are used to expand the upper palate of the mouth in order to widen it. This is commonly used when bites do not meet up correctly when biting down and to prevent the need for tooth extractions in order to make room for the teeth as they are being straightened and gently guides into place.
If you have any questions regarding Staten Island retainers or expanders, call us here or schedule an appointment with our orthodontist here at Graziano Orthodontics to learn more and to find out whether these devices are right for you. Retainers and expanders can help improve the results of your orthodontic treatment and can help you attain the smile that you have always wanted.