Tools for Your Teeth: Dental Appliances 

Dental appliances are quite commonplace among dental and orthodontic places. Dental appliances are tools that can help with whatever treatment plan your dentist or orthodontist has put you on, and these appliances range from permanent to removable. Dental appliances are fitted to each specific mouth to make sure that you get the best outcome from your orthodontic care. Today, we’ll be going over some of the many dental appliances, both permanent and temporary.

Removable Dental Appliances

Mouth Guards

Mostly worn during sporting events to keep your teeth shielded, mouth guards can also serves as a way to keep your teeth from grinding against each other when one goes to sleep. There are also mouth guards out there can prevent your tongue from pushing against your front teeth. This type of mouth guard, referred to as a tongue thrust guard, is one of the many mouth guard variants one can get. Whether it’s a sports mouth guard, a night guard, or a tongue thrust guard, mouth guards are there to help you with whatever dental issues you have.


After you get your braces removed, your orthodontist will often fit you for a retainer. Often worn at night, retainers are there to keep your teeth straight once your braces have done the job of aligning them properly. If you’ve ever considered or gotten Invisalign braces, they use a multitude of retainers that slowly reposition your teeth. Invisalign braces are worn day and night until the treatment is done, removing them only to either brush your teeth, clean them, or eat.

Permanent Dental Appliances


Bridges are there to fix your teeth whenever you’ve had a tooth extraction or missing a few teeth in a row. Unlike appliances such as dentures, bridges are non-removable and become a permanent part of your teeth. Bridges can not only maintain your bite’s existing structure, but also makes once difficult tasks for those who didn’t have bridges such as eating normal for them.


While not exactly the prime definition of a permanent dental appliance, braces have a inkling of permanency due to how they remain on your teeth until they’ve been moved into alignment.

Fillings & Crowns

While not exactly the ideal dental equipment one thinks of in terms of dental appliances, crowns and fillings act as dental appliances by replacing missing tooth parts after one goes through having a cavity repaired.

There are plenty of other dental appliances out there, both permanent and removable that we didn’t highlight in this blog entry, but if we did, we’d be here all day. Either way, dental appliances are there to help fix oral problems that many people face. Whether it’s straightening your teeth or help with sleep related issues, talking to your dentist is the first step in making sure you get the right treatment plan.

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