Orthodontic Appliances Guide
Sometimes, orthodontic treatment can include other appliances in addition to braces and Invisalign. Usually, this is reserved for more severe cases. However, when we do need some extra help from an appliance, it can be a vital part of your treatment and play a big role in improving your health and appearance. At your free consultation, which you can schedule here, we’ll take diagnostic records and your Houston or Bellaire orthodontist will examine your bite. The doctor will then create a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis. If an additional appliance is indicated for you or your child, we’ll go over the specifics in detail, so you feel informed and confident. Here are some of the appliances we use to give patients fantastic results that last a lifetime:
A palatal expander is used to widen the upper jaw in order to improve alignment between the upper and lower jaws. It’s placed against the roof of the mouth and is cemented to the sides of the upper teeth.
A fixed retainer is placed after your treatment is finished to maintain the desired position of the teeth. Custom-made wires are bonded to the insides of the upper and lower arches, so they’re not visible when you smile.
A removable retainer is typically made of plastic and wire. It holds the teeth in place after you finish orthodontic treatment. Wearing a retainer is the only way to maintain your new smile for life.
This appliance moves the lower jaw forward to correct cases of significant overbite. It improves the size of the airway and alters the appearance of the chin.
This appliance is used to correct an underbite by advancing the upper arch. It’s used with young patients who are still growing and helps them to avoid jaw surgery later in life.
The Forsus is a device used to improve the placement of the bite or jaw. It helps to create the ideal relationship between the upper and lower arch.
Elastics, or rubber bands, connect one tooth to another with the goal of correcting the positioning of the teeth. They apply steady pressure to guide the teeth.
Transpalatal Arch (TPA)
This device is typically used after an expander. It’s a fixed retainer that runs across your palate to hold your teeth in place. It can also be used to save space when a primary tooth is lost earlier than usual.
A lingual arch connects two molars in the upper or lower dental arch. A lower lingual arch (LLA) has an archwire adapted to the lingual side (tongue side) of the lower teeth.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
When the upper jaw doesn’t form correctly, it can reduce the quality of your breathing and lead to improper jaw function. TADs are designed to create space for all of the teeth to sit correctly and to improve respiratory function.
Carriere Distalizer Devices
When teeth are erupting incorrectly, this device can be used to push them backwards, correcting the bite. Its overall effect is similar to headgear but you don’t have to wear a bulky appliance.
A bite turbo is a small orthodontic appliance placed on the back of the upper front teeth to prevent you from fully closing the teeth. It protects the lower braces from being damaged by the bite.
The Frozat appliance is used to expand the lower arch. It can create more space and help develop the shape of the arch.