Types of Appliances
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing rubber bands helps improve the alignment of your upper and lower teeth. Wearing them exactly as instructed is important to ensure they work effectively.
Headgear treats bite issues where the upper or lower jaw is positioned too far forward. It applies gentle pressure to restrict further growth and properly align the jaw.
The Herbst appliance reduces overbite by guiding the lower jaw forward and moving the upper molars backward. Children typically wear it for around 12-15 months during their growth phase.
A palatal expander widens the upper jaw by applying gentle pressure to the molars. Your orthodontist will guide you on when and how to make adjustments. Once the desired expansion is achieved, you will wear the expander for several months to solidify the results.
Positioners are used to finalize tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your cooperation, wearing the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks should be sufficient to complete the treatment.
Retainers are used to maintain the corrected positions of your teeth after orthodontic treatment. They can be either removable or fixed. Proper care and consistent wear of your retainer are essential to prevent any regression of the treatment.
Separators or Spacers
Separators are small rubber doughnuts placed between your teeth to create space for the placement of orthodontic bands. They are typically removed before the bands are placed and should be avoided when consuming sticky foods or using toothpicks and floss.