If we ask you to wear elastics (or rubber bands), it’s important that you do this to improve the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Always wear the rubber bands as instructed.
We ask patients who have an overbite or an underbite to wear headgear. This type of appliance will gently "pull" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
The Herbst® appliance helps to reduce a patient’s overbite by gently moving the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger children who are still growing and is worn for about 12-15 months.
The palatal expander expands or widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. We will talk with you about when and how to adjust your expander. Each time a new adjustment is made, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
Positioners help to complete the final teeth movements. We recommend that you only wear the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. We will show you how to care for your retainer. Remember, it is important that you wear your retainer as directed to 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. We remove the separators before the bands are placed on your teeth. Keep in mind that separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.