Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.
The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative to headgear which promotes growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.
The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for four to eight weeks.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
Separators or Spacers
Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.
The twin block is used in younger, growing patients to reduce overbite and encourage the lower jaw forward. It is typically fixed in the mouth for the first 2 weeks and then removable for the remainder of its wear. It is typically worn for 9-12 months.
TADs (Orthodontic Anchorage)
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) are miniature screws that are positioned in the mouth to serve as fixed anchors for moving specific teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TADs significantly enhance treatment capabilities and can be effective in reducing treatment time, surgeries, or extractions. They eliminate the need for cumbersome appliances (e.g., headgear) and allow us to treat certain cases better and faster than ever before.