Types of Appliances We Use
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.
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.
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.