Types of Appliances


elastics (rubber bands)

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.

 

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Bite Corrector

The Bite Corrector is an alternative to headgear or rubber bands which promotes growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.

 

facemask

Facemask

A facemask is used to treat patients whose teeth are in underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to facilitate forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw. Underbites are best addressed earlier while the patient is still growing and may prevent future jaw surgery to advance the upper jaw once growth has stopped. 

 

palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander "expands" (or 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. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

 

retainers

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. We recommend wearing your retainer every night for as long as you would like your teeth straight. Make sure to care for your retainer well by brushing your retainer every morning with cool water and toothpaste, and putting the retainer directly into it's case and away somewhere safe like a drawer or cabinet. Please let us know as soon as possible if your retainer is ever lost, broken, or does not fit. 

 

separator

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. Bands are needed with certain appliances such as expanders and Transpalatal Arches (TPAs). The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Please avoid sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss while you have your separators in, as these things will dislodge the separators. 

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