Types Of Appliances

Changing Lives

One Smile at a time


Finding out your child needs a palatal expander naturally leads to a lot of questions. The first one being, “What exactly is a palatal expander?” A palatal expander is an appliance that slowly widens the upper jaw to ensure the back teeth fit together properly. However, Dr. McClaran will determine during her evaluation if your child would benefit from an expander and explain it in more detail.

Retainers for Life

Following orthodontic treatment, a retainer is necessary to ensure that your teeth stay in their new positions. Without the added security that a retainer provides, your teeth may quickly drift out of place when your treatment is over. For most patients, their retainers are an appliance that they have to wear on a long-term basis after they’re done with their traditional braces or clear aligner treatment. Due to this, McClaran Orthodontics has decided to participate in the Retainers for Life Program. This program allows you to keep your smile looking new and feeling its best without costing you a ton of money.

Key benefits of the Retainers for Life program include:

  • You’ll save money over the long-term.
  • If you don’t want to sign up for the program as soon as you finish treatment, you can always begin to participate in the program at another time.
  • The retainers you receive will be high-quality and well-fitted as long as you follow your treatment plan and wear them as often as you should.
  • Retainers for Life is not exclusive to our offices here in Nolensville, Tennessee. This program includes a growing network of orthodontic professionals, so you’ll be able to participate in the program even if you no longer live close by.

After you finish your orthodontic treatment, let us know if you would like to opt into our Retainer for Life program. We’ll give you a model of your teeth and your first set of retainers, and whenever you need new retainers, we’ll provide you with what you need! If you’re interested in joining this program, contact us today to learn how you can participate in the Retainers for Life program.

Space Maintainers

Baby teeth commonly serve as placeholders until a child’s permanent teeth are ready to develop, but what happens when your child’s baby teeth are lost before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt or if the permanent tooth is missing altogether? This is where a space maintainer comes in. A space maintainer offers a viable alternation if any of your child’s baby teeth are missing, as it will ensure your child’s teeth develop correctly by keeping a space open until a permanent tooth fully develops.