Orthodontic treatment doesn’t stop when the braces come off! A mouth full of perfectly-aligned teeth are jumping at the chance to move back to their former position. They won’t stay aligned for long without the help of a retainer.
A retainer is an appliance worn after your braces are removed. It attaches to your upper and/or lower teeth to hold them in place until they’ve settled into their new permanent position. Some retainers are removable, while others are bonded to the tongue-side of several teeth.
Sometimes structural issues with the jaw can render traditional orthodontic treatment ineffective. Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, addresses the abnormalities that braces can’t fix. This surgery will align your jaw properly, ensuring that when you get braces you’ll see the best possible results.
We will examine all possible options before recommending surgery, and will only recommend surgery when it is necessary. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Ruth will use braces to prep you for surgery and refer you to an oral surgeon to complete the case.
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