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. Inadequate wear of rubberbands can increase treatment time and cause less than desirable results.
The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for growing children and is worn for about 10-12 months.
A crossbite corrector puts gentle pressure on upper molars each time an adjustment is made to favorable adjust a patient’s bite. We will instruct you if or when you need to do any adjustments on your own. When we achieve the desired correction, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the change and to prevent relapse.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. We will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent any movement after your treatment is complete.
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.
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