Types of Appliances

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Elastics (Rubber Bands)

By Wearing these elastics (or rubber bands) the upper and lower teeth will improve the “fit” of the upper and lower jaw. Wearing these rubber bands as instructed will provide a better outcome in terms of your specific treatment. Please note that it is far more efficient to wear the elastics as prescribed. Your smile will improve in no time!

 

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Palatal Expander

This Palatal Expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will decide when to adjust the expander, and then show you how to do that on your own. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months that will solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

 

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Retainers

Retainers will help by holding your teeth in their new, corrected position. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer as well as how long the retainer is needed to be worn. Retainers can be both removable or fixed. Wearing your retainers as directed by the orthodontist is vital in preventing regression on the position of your teeth.

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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.

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