Gentle Dental of Westland
825 S Wayne Road, Westland, MI 48186

The Art and Science of Orthodontics

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Your dentist in Westland may refer you to an orthodontic specialist when alignment abnormalities are detected. After a comprehensive examination, an orthodontist can diagnose and treat the following problems with affordable braces or other orthodontic appliances:

  • Overbites and underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Spacing or crowding
  • Misplaced midlines

Types of Orthodontic Appliances and Treatments

There are various types of fixed and removable orthodontic appliances that are used to move teeth, retrain muscles, and encourage or slow jaw growth. Here are the most common treatments performed by orthodontists:

  • Braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands that place tension on teeth and gradually reposition them. Affordable braces are worn for months or years to achieve the desired results.
  • Removable retainers are worn against the roof of the mouth to prevent teeth from moving back into previous positions after other orthodontic treatments.
  • Fixed space maintainers keep a space open for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth is lost prematurely. Other maintainers may be removable.
  • Removable plastic aligners are an almost-invisible alternative to traditional braces. They are removed before eating or brushing.
  • Splints are appliances used to reposition the top or lower jaw. They are often used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems.
  • Lip or cheek bumpers relieve pressure placed on the teeth by lip or cheek muscles.
  • Palatal expanders are plastic plates used to widen the arch of the upper jaw.
  • Headgear is worn to realign the front and back teeth and slow upper jaw growth.
  • There are other fixed appliances that can control tongue-sucking or other behaviors. They are typically used as a last resort.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Westland, call Gentle Dental of Westland today at (734) 329-5284 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Westland. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Westland, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Westland.

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday Closed
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