Headgear is often used to pull the upper teeth back. This is done by placing pressure against the upper teeth and jaw, which would hold the teeth in position or help move them into better positions. The severity of the problem determines the length of time headgear needs to be worn. The key to success with your headgear appliance is consistency. Headgear must be worn 12 to 16 hours per day.Remember that if it is not worn consistently ,headgear wont be effective.
Headgear should never be worn while playing rough sports and should also be removed while eating or brushing your teeth.
The twin force appliance is used in order to help move the upper molars back while moving the lower arch forward. Composed of a spring coil rod, the appliance is used while a patient is currently wearing braces. It runs from the upper first molar band down to the lower archwire.
You may notice some discomfort initially, so we recommend a soft food diet. Regular anti-inflammatory medication may help with any pain; It is important to keep the appliance clean. Also, we recommend that patients not open their mouths very wide, as the appliance may come apart.
If your twin force appliance breaks, please contact our office immediately to schedule a repair appointment.
A palatal expander is an appliance that fits into the roof of your mouth(palate). It widens your palate to improve the way your upper and lower jaws fit together.(your bite)
It is typically used when the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch. You wear a palatal expander for about 4 to 6 months.
By simply activating the expander through turning a screw in the center of the palatal expander, with a special key we provide, gradual outward pressure is placed on the left and right halves of the upper jaw. This pressure causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in an increased width. You may see a space between your front teeth at first.The gap will go away when the teeth are moved in their proper place.
Habit appliances are designed to help break a damaging habits such as finger and thumb (Digit) sucking. Finger and thumb habits can cause open bites as well as cause the permanent teeth to grow in crooked. In the majority of open bite cases an existing tongue thrust is also present.
Digit habits should be corrected before all of the permanent teeth erupt into the mouth, in fact if a habit does exist, you should have your child seen by an orthodontist no later than age seven.
The Carriere Distalizer is a passive appliance that attaches only to the canine and first permanent molar. This appliance provides a non-extraction method to correct Class II maloclusions. A Lingual Arch is used as anchorage for the Carriere Distalizer. Class II elastics are worn to activate this appliance. Dr. Studebaker typically uses the Carriere Distalizer at the beginning of Orthodontic treatment. Once the class II correction is achieved, treatment can then be continued with use of traditional braces or clear removable appliance therapy (such asInvisalign)
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