Orthodontic Appliances

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Headgear | Rubber Bands/Elastics | Forsus Appliance | Mouthguards

Headgear

Headgear is often used to correct an excessive overbite. This is done by placing pressure against the upper teeth and jaw, which would hold the teeth in position or help move them into better positions. The severity of the problem determines the length of time headgear needs to be worn. The key to success with your headgear appliance is consistency. Headgear must be worn a certain number of hours per day, and if not, it must be made up the following day.

Headgear should never be worn while playing sports and should also be removed while eating or brushing your teeth.

Rubber Bands/Elastics

Rubber bands/elastics are a vital part of treatment and are also contingent upon patient compliance. They add extra pressure to the braces to help move the teeth. Generally worn at all times (excluding eating and brushing your teeth), rubber bands/elastics should be changed at least once a day. They come in various sizes as they are each used for a specific purpose. We will provide you with the appropriate size.

You should always carry extra rubber bands/elastics with you in the event one breaks. If you run out, please call us immediately and we will supply you with more.

It is important to wear them consistently or treatment setbacks may occur. If only one day is missed, it could cause your teeth to shift back to their original position!

Forsus Appliance

The Forsus appliance is used in order to help move the upper molars back while moving the lower arch forward. Composed of a spring coil rod, the appliance is used while a patient is currently wearing braces. It runs from the upper first molar band down to the lower archwire.

You may notice some discomfort initially, so we recommend a soft food diet for the first few days after the appliance is placed. Regular anti-inflammatory medication may help with any pain, if needed. It is important to keep the appliance clean; you may do this by carefully brushing the coil and other metal pieces of the appliance. Also, we recommend that patients not open their mouths very wide, as the appliance may come apart.

If your Forsus appliance breaks, please contact our office immediately to schedule a repair appointment.

Mouthguards

We are pleased to offer complimentary mouthguards for patients who have appliances in place. These mouthguards are made exclusively for patients with braces.

They are instant fitting and do not require the typical boil/bite procedure that other mouthguards require. They may require some trimming if they are too large. Patients without braces should use the commercially available boil/bite type mouthguards or have a custom mouthguard fabricated. Mouthguards are not just for football or hockey. They are also recommended for any sport or physical activity where possible trauma could occur to the face or teeth.