Types of Appliances

  • Archwire

    A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

  • Bionator

    A Bionator is a functional appliance resembling a retainer. It is often prescribed when a patient has a mismatch of dental arches resulting from a smaller lower jaw. It is used to stimulate growth of the lower jaw in actively growing patients.

  • Braces

    A word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance, usually comprised of brackets, bands and wires.

  • Buccal Tube

    A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The molar band contains slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.

  • Elastics

    Elastics or rubber bands for braces help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. They are also useful for moving a tooth out of alignment or to close a space in the mouth.

  • Fixed Retainer

    Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.

  • Hawley

    A Hawley retainer is made of clear pink acrylic plastic that is molded to your mouth and contains a wire to hold your teeth in position. The Hawley design permits desirable "settling" of the bite to occur by allowing slight incremental vertical movement of the posterior teeth which may enhance stability.

  • Herbst

    The Herbst appliance is used to correct overbites due to lack of development of the lower jaw. It is cemented in place which eliminates cooperation. Simple braces cannot achieve this correction.
    The appliance can be adjusted by the orthodontist to create the ideal position of the lower jaw to the upper teeth.

  • Invisalign

    Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that orthodontists use as an alternative to traditional metal braces.

  • Lip Bumper

    A Lip Bumper is a removable appliance used in growing children to create and maintain the space necessary to accommodate the adult teeth without extraction. The lip bumper harnesses the natural forces of the muscles surrounding the lower teeth to broaden and lengthen the dental arch. By keeping the lip pressure away from the lower front teeth, the tongue pressure is allowed to gradually move the front teeth forward to "unravel" or align the crooked teeth. The constant pressure of the lower lip against the front pad of the lip bumper exerts a force that gently pushes the molar teeth backward. The lip bumper will gradually "stretch" the dental arch to make room for the erupting adult teeth.

  • Mouth Guard

    A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouth guard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.

  • Palatal Expander

    A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

  • Quad Helix

    The Quad Helix is checked and expanded approximately once every six to eight weeks. After the expansion is complete, the Quad Helix will remain in the mouth until the expansion is stable. Patients may feel mild discomfort for a couple of days. The tongue and cheeks have to make adjustments to the new appliance. Speaking and eating will require patience and time getting used to your appliance. Avoid hard foods and sticky foods. You will be able to clean your teeth and Quad Helix with your regular toothbrush.

  • Separators

    Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators prepare your mouth for braces by creating a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar, which anchors your braces in your mouth.

  • Spring Aligners

    An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.

  • Transpalatal Arch

    A transpalatal arch (TPA) is a fixed anchorage unit that connect two molars in the upper dental arch.

  • Transpalatal Bar

    The Transpalatal Bar (TPA) is a fixed appliance that is attached to bands on the upper molar teeth. The bar that sits across the roof of the palate fits into a soldered clip located on the bands.

  • Archwire


    A metal wire which is attached to your brackets to move your teeth.

    Bionator


    A Bionator is a functional appliance resembling a retainer. It is often prescribed when a patient has a mismatch of dental arches resulting from a smaller lower jaw. It is used to stimulate growth of the lower jaw in actively growing patients.

    Braces


    A word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance, usually comprised of brackets, bands and wires.

    Buccal Tube


    A small metal part that is welded on the outside of a molar band. The molar band contains slots to hold archwires, lip bumpers, facebows and other things your orthodontist uses to move your teeth.

    Elastics


    Elastics or rubber bands for braces help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. They are also useful for moving a tooth out of alignment or to close a space in the mouth.

    Fixed Retainer


    Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.

    Hawley


    A Hawley retainer is made of clear pink acrylic plastic that is molded to your mouth and contains a wire to hold your teeth in position. The Hawley design permits desirable "settling" of the bite to occur by allowing slight incremental vertical movement of the posterior teeth which may enhance stability.

    Herbst


    The Herbst appliance is used to correct overbites due to lack of development of the lower jaw. It is cemented in place which eliminates cooperation. Simple braces cannot achieve this correction.
    The appliance can be adjusted by the orthodontist to create the ideal position of the lower jaw to the upper teeth.

    Invisalign


    Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that orthodontists use as an alternative to traditional metal braces.

    Lip Bumper


    A Lip Bumper is a removable appliance used in growing children to create and maintain the space necessary to accommodate the adult teeth without extraction. The lip bumper harnesses the natural forces of the muscles surrounding the lower teeth to broaden and lengthen the dental arch. By keeping the lip pressure away from the lower front teeth, the tongue pressure is allowed to gradually move the front teeth forward to "unravel" or align the crooked teeth. The constant pressure of the lower lip against the front pad of the lip bumper exerts a force that gently pushes the molar teeth backward. The lip bumper will gradually "stretch" the dental arch to make room for the erupting adult teeth.

    Mouth Guard


    A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouth guard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.

    Palatal Expander


    A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.

    Quad Helix


    The Quad Helix is checked and expanded approximately once every six to eight weeks. After the expansion is complete, the Quad Helix will remain in the mouth until the expansion is stable. Patients may feel mild discomfort for a couple of days. The tongue and cheeks have to make adjustments to the new appliance. Speaking and eating will require patience and time getting used to your appliance. Avoid hard foods and sticky foods. You will be able to clean your teeth and Quad Helix with your regular toothbrush.

    Separators


    Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators prepare your mouth for braces by creating a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar, which anchors your braces in your mouth.

    Spring Aligners


    An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.

    Transpalatal Arch


    A transpalatal arch (TPA) is a fixed anchorage unit that connect two molars in the upper dental arch.

    Transpalatal Bar


    The Transpalatal Bar (TPA) is a fixed appliance that is attached to bands on the upper molar teeth. The bar that sits across the roof of the palate fits into a soldered clip located on the bands.

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