Orthodontic care may be necessary for a wide range of patients, including children, teens, and adults. As a comprehensive family dental practice, Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers fixed and removable orthodontic appliances that may be used to facilitate orthodontic care, performed as a single treatment to enhance cosmetics, or as a pre- or post-braces retention service. These appliances include fixed space maintainers and removable Hawley retainers and may be recommended by general dentists Dr. Richard Caron and Dr. John Kenney to aid in a number of scenarios, from maintaining teeth in their positions to facilitating jaw development and growth in younger patients. To make getting comprehensive care for your family convenient, easy and personalized to your needs, we invite you to schedule a visit with our Tupelo, MS team to learn about your options of fixed or removable appliances.
Hawley Retainers: While a common use for Hawley appliances is keeping the teeth in their new positions after braces, this versatile removable device can also be used to make minor cosmetic adjustments to the teeth. Patients who have slightly rotated or misaligned front teeth may benefit from wearing a Hawley appliance for a short period of time.
Space Maintainers: Space maintainers are often utilized for children who have lost baby teeth but have not yet experienced the eruption of the corresponding permanent teeth. These appliances are typically fixed (cemented) to teeth in the upper or lower arch to maintain the space needed to allow for the proper eruption of the adult teeth.
"After 20+ years my family dentist retired and I began going to Tupelo Smiles. Let's just say I definitely made the best decision! The staff and Dr. Caron is super amazing! . The staff is warm welcoming, friendly and always willing to help with any questions or concerns! Mrs. Susan, the office manager is heaven sent. Great customer service definitely makes a business and I can honestly say the service here is top notch! So glad I chose Tupelo Smiles as my place for all my dental needs!"- C.L. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
"I was very nervous & didn’t know what to expect on my first visit. But, from the moment I walked inside, I knew that I’d chosen the best dentistry team. The office was nice & clean. The receptionist was very warm & welcoming. The dental hygienist, Chances was the best. Dr. Caron listened to my every concern & was not in a hurry rendering his services. Every staff member that I encountered was truly warm & kind. Highly recommended."- P.M. / Google / May 15, 2020
"Dr. Kenney & Sam were amazing. Laney was so worried before having a couple of teeth pulled & they put her at ease. Everyone there is awesome from the time you walk in the door til you walk out. Best dental office & staff in Tupelo."- A.H. / Google / Mar 25, 2020
"Honestly, one of the best dental offices i’ve ever been too. The employees are very sweet, they make you feel comfortable when nervous. They are all around wonderful people :) Highly Recombined"- B.T. / Google / Mar 25, 2020
"3rd Visit - I had posted a review of my first visit and wanted to add another after going back a few times because they deserve it. You can get "lucky" sometimes with one experience, but now I have 3 visits under my belt and my family has a total of around 12 visits. I remain amazed on how well they run the business and how personable everyone you interact with is in this office. I've moved around and had a handful of dentist over the years. Tupelo Smiles is outstanding in every aspect of the experience. Highly recommended by myself, wife and 5 children that go here."- J.P. / Foursquare / Feb 04, 2020
What to Expect
During a comprehensive exam and consultation, doctors Caron or Kenney may recommend a fixed or removable appliance to facilitate proper tooth eruption for children or to address minor cosmetic concerns in patients of all ages. Our team will use an advanced iTero intraoral scanner to capture highly detailed impressions of the upper and lower arches, which our dental lab will use to custom-create these appliances. Hawley retainers and space maintainers are made from top-grade materials, like smooth stainless steel metal and acrylic, and customized for each individual patient. When the appliance arrives in our office, typically 1 – 2 weeks later, we will bring you or your child back in to have it placed and adjusted as necessary. Space maintainers will be securely attached to the teeth through a resin bonding agent and may sit unilaterally or bilaterally across the upper or lower arch.
It is important that you or your child wear these appliances exactly as recommended by doctors Caron or Kenney in order to achieve the desired oral health or cosmetic result. Our team will provide you with specific instructions on how to wear and maintain your device each day. While Hawley retainers can be easily removed to clean the teeth and gums, cleaning around bonded space maintainers may be more challenging, especially for younger patients. Tips on brushing and flossing around a fixed space maintainer and how to best help your child care for this appliance on a daily basis will also be provided. Following the placement of your appliance, doctors Caron or Kenney will let you know how long the device will need to be worn and when to schedule follow-ups at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to monitor treatment progress.
Fixed and Removable Appliances
Hawley retainers and space maintainers from our Tupelo, MS practice may be an important part of your family’s oral health treatment plan to enhance or maintain tooth alignment or allow for the proper eruption of permanent teeth. Find out more about your family’s options for fixed or removable orthodontic appliances by scheduling a visit with doctors Caron or Kenney at Tupelo Smiles Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.