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.
Flex Class II Corrector
Designed specifically so you don't need to wear headgear. This low profile appliance is made out of smooth stainless steel, and new age white plastic instead of springs that can sometimes pinch. This ultra low profile decreases the chipmunk cheeks normally associated with a Class II corrector in your mouth, and allows your treatment to progress quickly and comfortably.
Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months. Since this is a telescoping Herbst it provides the patient with full range of movement of the lower jaw and is very comfortable to the cheeks with no irritations.
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.
Significant overbites have historically been corrected with a headgear, which attaches to the upper jaw to slow or stop it from growing. Since headgear relies on patient compliance, an alternative spring can be applied that is worn 24/7. No compliance necessary! And it's comfortable too! The Dynaflex tradmark springs are unique in that they have the advantage to be used in either overjet or underbite cases.