Appliances

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TAD: Temporary Anchorage Devices are small titanium anchors used in conjunction with braces to achieve quicker tooth movements. If you have any questions about TADs, please contact our practice and we will be able to provide you with detailed information.

RME: Rapid Maxillary Expander is used for patients whose upper jaw is narrow. It is placed in the roof of the mouth to gently widen the upper arch by extending the distance between the two bones that make up the palate. Detailed instructions are given to the patient when this treatment is recommended.

Forsus: The Forsus appliance is used to correct a Class II malocclusion and works with your existing braces and wires. This appliance promotes growth in adolescents, helping eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent jaw surgery.

Facemask: The facemask appliance is indicated in patients with a Class III malocclusion or an underbite and works by bringing the upper jaw forward and downward. Your orthodontist will inform you if this appliance is recommended for treatment.

Elastics: Elastics are used in conjunction with braces to help move the teeth in a desired direction. It is normal for your teeth and jaws to be tender for the first few days of wearing the elastics. Elastic wear must be constant to be effective. You may remove the elastics only when eating and brushing your teeth. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately following mealtime and brushing. Elastic wear is an important component in your orthodontic treatment.

Retainers: When braces are removed, retainers are required to maintain your beautiful new smile. There are two types that are available: traditional Hawley and clear retainers. Your orthodontist will be able to provide detailed information on each. Remember to wear your retainer full time until the doctor instructs otherwise.