Orthodontic Appliances | Bivins Orthodontics

This is a good sign! The appliances we use are customized, highly technical devices that allow us to achieve the very best results in the most efficient manner. The Protraction Facemask is an orthopedic device used for the correction of Class III skeletal malocclusions (under bite). Because there are no nerve endings in enamel, the procedure is painless and does not require any anesthetic. The crib consists of semicircular stainless steel wires that are fastened to molars using steel bands. King Orthodontics. Security is there for a reason.

One of the most common problems our orthodontic doctor treats is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. Composed of a spring coil rod, the appliance is used while a patient is currently wearing braces. So it constantly exerts light pressure on the dental arches and teeth moving the jaws into their proper place. It consists of an upper and lower retainer with large blocks of acrylic. They help to correct a deep overbite, which is the vertical overlapping of the top and bottom front teeth. If a broken appliance can be easily removed, take it out and bring it in. The device is fixed to bone specifically for the purpose of providing orthodontic anchorage and is removed at the completion of treatment.

The TAD helps move your teeth by providing strategically placed anchorage. Attached to the upper molars and first bicuspids through bonding or by cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic device used to create a wider space in the upper jaw. Until it does, dental wax can help to ease the irritation. It is also important to eliminate sticky foods, like candy and gum, or hard, crunchy foods, which can damage the appliance and lengthen treatment time. We love it because our patients do not need to remember to put it on or wear any rubber bands, it is always active. The appliance is made of two bands that are cemented onto the first molars and a wire spans the roof of the mouth from one molar to the other. Muscle Tenderness – When your child first gets his or her Herbst appliance, there may be some overall muscle tenderness and soreness of the teeth.

Your Herbst appliance will be checked and adjusted at your appointments. This appliance continuously applies light force without any need to make daily changes or adjustments. Most patients put it on right after dinner and wear it until breakfast the next morning. A Herbst appliance is a much more discreet option: it may be visible when your child laughs or speaks, but it is far less obtrusive than headgear. Headgear must be worn a certain number of hours per day. At the free consultation you can discuss your case in detail with one of our highly trained orthodontic dentists. Honestly, I think I’d take surgery over the Herbst at this point, but hopefully that won’t be necessary.

This appliance, similar to a mouth guard, is usually worn at night. The silicone can be used in place of wax and is much more resilient. At a growing age the upper jaw is not one piece of jaw bone but divided into two parts at the middle of the roof of the mouth. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen. In some cases where an “underbite” is present, with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw, we may recommend using reverse headgear (face mask) as part of the treatment plan. Headgear should never be worn while playing sports and should also be removed while eating or brushing your teeth. You may notice your upper six-year molars (first molars) are a little loose.

It includes a metal tube that connects the upper and lower jaw. The Denta-Gard mouth guard does not require boiling or molding. Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. These can be passive or functional appliances. We will provide you with the appropriate size. Left untreated, an improper bite may threaten the long-term health of your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw. Basic MARA design employs a horizontal “arm” in the lower arch that extends sideways from a stainless steel crown on the lower first molar.

Then I’ll explain several methods that orthodontists use for correcting overjet. If your child has an overbite, simple treatment with braces will not correct the problem. These orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. Headgear is often used to correct an excessive overbite. Aside from the obvious benefits of orthodontic treatment, like increased confidence and ease of hygiene, another benefit is not so obvious: improved jaw function.