Orthodontic appliances are a special type of dental technology designed specifically to treat malocclusions, the misalignment between the teeth of the two dental arches when the jaw is closed. Failure to correct your malocclusion could result in alteration in the appearance of your face, frequent biting of your inner cheeks or tongue, and speech problems. Fortunately, we offer an assortment of appliances in order to ensure your orthodontic treatment aligns with your goals and needs.
The midpalatal suture, the junction running down the middle of the palate, permanently fuses around age 14. Before this occurs, we can expand the upper jaw with a palatal expander appliance, which can be used as a removable appliance (like a retainer). In some cases, it needs to be bonded to the teeth. When the upper jaw is not wide enough, it is often also deficient in its forward growth; in that case, a forward-pull headgear can be used at home to create more forward development of the upper jaw.
An overbite is the excessive protrusion of the upper jaw. It can be caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. We provide the following appliances to correct an overbite, depending on your case and severity.
These are simple acrylic bite blocks designed for full-time wear. There are two parts— an upper and a lower part, which work together to move the lower jaw forward by a screw mechanism. This allows the lower jaw to “lock-in” and grow to its full potential.
Also known as elastics, these appliances are used with braces or Invisalign to create gentle, constant force to pull your teeth into alignment. It’s very important to wear your rubber bands as recommended by your orthodontist since they will help shorten your treatment time. Rubber bands are versatile in the sense that they can be used to correct an overbite or underbite.
An underbite is excessive protrusion of the lower jaw. This is typically caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, an overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. An underbite can prevent the normal function of your front teeth or molars, which causes unnecessary tooth wear. Additionally, it can cause painful jaw and joint problems. Fortunately, we offer rubber bands and reverse headgear to correct your underbite.
This removable appliance is used to bring the upper jaw forward while restraining the growth of the lower jaw. Reverse headgears need to be worn between 12 to 22 hours per day. Overall wear time is usually anywhere from 12 to 18 months, depending on the severity of the bite and how much your jaws and bones are growing over this time.
Contact us to discover which appliance most appropriately meets your orthodontic needs.