Appliances

Forsus Spring: a coil appliance that helps correct severe overbites. This appliance is hidden inside the cheeks and helps correct the overbite with less compliance than traditional elastics.  The spring rod coils attach to a band on the upper molars on each side of a patient’s mouth, and then a metal spring is coupled to the wire on the bottom. It allows the jaw to grow properly by disrupting a bad bite and forcing the patient to bite in a more ideal way while natural body and jaw growth is occurring.  Over the course of between 4 and 8 months even some of the most severe overbites can be corrected.

Herbst: this appliance is a metal tube that connects the upper and lower jaw. By adjusting this appliance, it is able to control the jaw’s position in relation to the upper teeth. Typical treatment time is about 12 months, although the timing may vary depending on your child’s needs.

Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE): this widely used appliance helps to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit better together. The RPE is used to treat posterior cross bite, overcrowding of the teeth and misaligned teeth.