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Orthodontists draw from a diverse array of “appliances” to move teeth and align jaws. But not all kinds of orthodontic appliances are right for correcting all kinds of orthodontic problems. Your orthodontist will analyze your mouth and jaws, formulate a treatment plan, set goals and recommend the best way for you to achieve those goals. The recommendation will include the type of appliance needed to reach the desired result; how to care for your appliance, teeth and gums; and how often to visit your family dentist for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Here are a few of the kinds of appliances commonly used.