Types Of Appliances

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.

 

Forsus™

The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is used as an alternative to headgear. It promotes growth in adolescents and helps to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.

 

Headgear

Headgear is used to treat patients with an overbite where the upper jaw extends far over the lower jaw, or an underbite where the lower jaw is in front of the upper jaw.  Headgear works to gently pull on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

 

Herbst® Appliance

The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.

 

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. Once the desired expansion is achieved, you will wear the appliance for several months to prevent regression.

 

Positioners

Positioners complete the final tooth movement in your orthodontic treatment. Patients who cooperate fully typically only need to wear the positioner appliance for four to eight weeks.

 

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed and hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after they have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed will prevent regression of your treatment.

 

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.