September 26, 2017
In Orthodontics there is no one plan that fits all. Metal Braces are not always the one to choose. Ceramic Braces look Invisalign may not be the right choice for your lifestyle!
So what is left if the tried and proofed don’t fit my style or what ever….Call the Orthodontist today to get more choices.
Braces are not the only way to correct teeth. There are other appliances that are used alone and in conjunction with braces. Each is briefly described below.
THE HERBST APPLIANCE
BEST KNOWN AS THE BUMPER OF A 53 BUICK
The Herbst appliance is used to correct the front to back relationship of the upper and lower jaws. The rod and tube that looks like a shock absorber actually connects the upper and lower jaws to position them forward to encourage growth.
This appliance is used to widen the upper jaw to make more room for your teeth, and to make your upper teeth fit over your lower ones.
THE QUAD HELIX
This is used to expand your upper teeth. The bands on the back teeth are cemented into place and should not come loose. The wire on the inside of your teeth will gradually make your upper teeth wider, so that we can make more space for your upper teeth. It will be in place for approximately 4 to 5 months, then you will either be given a retainer or proceed with braces.
Your new retainers are made of high strength flexible plastic. They simply hold everything in proper alignment.
Separators do exactly what their name implies. They separate your teeth.
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