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Types Of Appliances

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

These are used to enhance the alignment of your upper and lower teeth. For maximum efficiency, it’s important to wear these rubber bands as directed.

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The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an innovative alternative to traditional headgear. It’s particularly effective for adolescents, aiding in growth and reducing overbites, thereby improving teeth fit and potentially eliminating the need for jaw surgery.

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Herbst® Appliance

This appliance is designed to correct overbites by promoting the forward movement of the lower jaw and backward movement of the upper molars. Generally used in younger, growing children, the Herbst® appliance is typically worn for about 12-15 months.

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Palatal Expander

Used to widen the upper jaw, the palatal expander applies gentle pressure to the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. After achieving the desired expansion, the appliance is worn for several more months to ensure lasting results.

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These are employed in the final stages of orthodontic treatment to complete the final tooth movements. With proper cooperation, wearing a positioner appliance typically lasts four to eight weeks.

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Available as either removable or fixed, retainers are essential for maintaining the new position of your teeth post-treatment. Your orthodontist will provide instructions on care and the duration of wear. Adhering to these guidelines is key to preventing treatment regression.

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Separators or Spacers

These small rubber doughnuts are placed between teeth to create space for orthodontic bands. They are removed before band placement and should be kept away from sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

Each appliance plays a unique role in the orthodontic process, tailored to individual treatment needs. For more information or to discuss which appliance is right for you, please contact our office.

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