Appliance therapy is the collective term used to describe the use of oral appliances in bringing about a change in the alignment of the teeth and reshaping the jaws. Some of the commonly used appliances are palatal expanders, Schwarz appliance, etc. They are widely used to correct issues with the patient’s bite and to give their face an aesthetic uplift.
On the other hand, some of the oral appliances are used to prevent the grinding of teeth due to bruxism. We suggest night-time mouth guards for this purpose. Some of the appliances are also used in the treatment of sleep apnea. A mandibular advancement device is used to bring the lower jaw forward and expand the opening to the airway, thereby allowing the free flow of air into the lungs. It also prevents the collapse of the tissues into the airway, thereby providing relief from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
The dental arch may sometimes be misshapen, which often leads to a bad bite and excessive forces applied on the teeth and TMJ. One such condition that is caused due to a smaller dental arch is crowding. It is characterized by teeth that are placed too close to each other, leaving a displeasing appearance on the patient’s smile.
We can use a palatal expander to increase the size of the jaw. The appliance works by applying pressure on the walls of the jaw in a controlled manner. We use materials that are biocompatible and non-harmful for this purpose. The fact that the appliances are custom-fabricated to perfectly fit in the oral cavity is what makes them so desirable.
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