Orthodontic Appliances

Herbst Appliance:

Aside from the obvious benefits of orthodontic treatment, like increased confidence and ease of hygiene, another benefit is not so obvious: improved jaw function. If your child has an overbite, simple treatment with braces will not correct the problem. The Herbst appliance, usually in conjunction with braces, is used to help the lower jaw develop in a forward direction. This eventually leads to an ideal bite. Left untreated, an improper bite may threaten the long-term health of your child’s teeth, gums, and jaw.

A Herbst appliance is fixed to your child’s molars. It includes a metal tube that connects the upper and lower jaw. By adjusting the tube, your orthodontist is able to control the jaw’s position in relation to the upper teeth. Typical treatment time with a Herbst appliance is 12 months, though this may vary depending on your child’s unique needs.

Cemented Expanders

An expander is a special orthodontic appliance that can widen narrow upper jaws and help correct cross bites. It works by gently stretching the upper mid-palatal jaw suture, causing new bone to grow and stabilize the expansion.

They are generally worn for approximately 3-6 months.

This appliance will make room for crowded teeth. The palatal expansion appliance is most effective for young, growing patients, but can be used effectively until the end of adolescence