Types of appliances

Types of appliances

Conventional vs. invisible appliances

Conventional appliances for orthodontic treatment are braces, also known as brackets. However, there are now invisible dental appliances for the treatment of teens and adults , that is, conversation partners cannot notice them. Dr. Dumoulin is proud to offer such cutting-edge treatment.


Invisible orthodontics

Invisalign is a cutting-edge, popular treatment option that involves wearing a series of transparent removable trays that move teeth gradually without wires or brackets. To obtain the expected treatment result, these trays must be worn at all times (except during meals and dental hygiene measures). It is an increasingly popular treatment option for both teens and adults.

For more information, please visit the Invisalign® website.


Braces, also known as brackets or fixed appliances, are the most commonly used appliances for orthodontic treatment. Remarkable technological progress has led to smaller, more aesthetic, more comfortable and more effective brackets! Various types of brackets are available, including metal brackets as well as aesthetic brackets, which are commonly called white or transparent. You can take a look at the image illustrating these two types of brackets. Brackets are bonded to teeth with an orthodontic adhesive. Depending on the bracket model, they are interconnected by an arc-shaped wire that is held in place either by tiny elastics (available in a variety of colors) or by small sliding mechanisms at the front of brackets (called self-ligating brackets).

Other types of appliances

As soon as the treatment has been completed and the brackets have been removed, retainers are put in place.

To maintain a dazzling smile, the proper use of retainers is essential.

Auxiliary appliances

In addition to brackets, other types of appliances may be used during orthodontic treatment.

  • Rapid palatal expansion appliance: Fixed appliance used to increase the width of the upper jaw so that it can adapt to the dimensions of the mandible.
  • Space maintainer: Appliance to preserve the space available for growing adult teeth in case of premature loss of primary teeth.
  • Growth stimulator device: Fixed or removable appliance used to accelerate or redirect the growth of one or both jaws.
  • Face mask: Removable appliance used to move the upper jaw forward.
  • Extraoral traction: Removable appliance to move the upper molars backwards or to limit anterior growth of the upper jaw.
  • Lingual arch: Fixed archthat presses on the inner side of lower teeth for space maintenance.