Orthodontics deals with the treatment of irregularities in the teeth and jaws. This often includes the use of braces, aligners and/or retainers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Popular Treatments for Orthodontics

This is a popular but limited list of treatments for Orthodontics. Some Orthodontics locations may provide more or less treatment options than others.

Aligners (Removable Braces)

Aligners are an alternative option to braces to straighten your teeth and improve your bite.

Dental Splints

Also known as a Jaw positioning appliance designed for various treatments. It can be used to find your occlusion position, a mouth guard for bruxism, for temporomandibular join issues (TMJ) or for those who are undergoing full mouth reconstruction.

Elastics / Bands

Small rubber bands that are attached to the braces. Used to help improve how teeth fit together such as closing gaps, improving cross-bites and midlines.

Fixed Braces

Fixed braces are braces that cannot be removed because they are attached to the teeth. When you think of braces, this is what you most commonly see people wearing.


An appliance that anchors to the head or neck and worn to move teeth or jaw bones back. This is particularly used for teens with a overbite problem.

Lip and Cheek Bumpers

Used to keep the cheek and lips from pressing against the braces to prevent lip and cheek pain or distress. Lip bumpers are also used as a procedure to dental braces allowing teeth to move into position more freely.

Palatal Expander

A dental device that is used to create more space in the persons mouth by widening the upper jaw. This allows the upper and lower jaw to fit together better to create a better bite.


A dental retainer will hold teeth in position after realigning teeth such as with braces or aligners. Once the teeth have been moved into the proper position a retainer is used to retain the position so they don't shift back to the old position.

More information, references and sources.

Here are some external links that may contain useful information about Orthodontics.

Name Description
American Association of Orthodontists - AAO AAO members are highly educated specialists who diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities to correctly align teeth and jaws.
American Orthodontic Society The largest educational associations of general and pediatric dentists who practice orthodontics worldwide.