Types of orthodontic appliances

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Scroll down to learn about some common appliances used during your orthodontic treatment. If something breaks or gets lost this will help you identify what it is so you can give us a call to repair or replace it!

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 prevent regression.

Removable retainers

When most people think of retainers, they’re thinking of removable retainers. Removable retainers are most commonly made of clear, thermoplastic material adapted to fit precisely over the teeth. The retainer encases the teeth in a clear, semi-rigid, thin plastic shell that prevents any shifting of the teeth. These retainers are typically worn for a month or two full-time and then night-time long term.

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.

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. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

Motion appliance

The Motion appliance is a small, smooth and comfortable appliance when combined with rubber bands will assist in moving the upper and lower jaws together. This appliance is used when the jaws are unevenly matched. It works much more efficiently than traditional orthodontic appliances, 3 to 6 months, reducing overall treatment times and replacing outdated and uncomfortable devices such as Herbst, headgear and bulky springs.

Bluegrass appliance

The bluegrass appliance is a simple device used to correct open bites (when the front teeth don’t come together) by re-training the tongue to rest in it’s ideal location, the roof of the mouth, versus against the teeth. This helps us not only straighten the teeth and bite but correct the cause of the problem.

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