Common Orthodontic Appliances
There are many different types and purposes of orthodontic appliances. The two main purposes are to begin early treatment and to augment overall treatment time. Our goal is to not only straighten teeth, but to also create healthy growth and development in the jaws. Orthodontic appliances help us achieve that goal! Dr. Stan Cox will create a unique treatment plan for each specific case. Here are some of the common orthodontic appliances used at Brookhaven Orthodontics.
Expanders (Rapid Palatal Expander)
The Herbst appliance is also suggested for younger, growing patients. This appliance is a growth modification so it works best during growth spurts in kids, usually around 9-14 years old. This appliance enhances lower jaw growth and moves the lower jaw forward. This will correct an overbite.
In the past, headgear was used for this same purpose. However, the Herbst is fixed (attached wire to wire) and works around the clock to correct the bite. Since headgear is removable and depends on patient compliance, this option is preferred by Dr. Cox. The smaller size of the Herbst makes it more comfortable and aesthetically appealing for patients.
This appliance will promote growth and movement on its own, but it is important that it is cleaned and that the patient avoids hard and sticky foods to keep it from breaking. Breaking an appliance can actually increase treatment time, so be sure to follow all instructions!