Orthodontic Appliances

Rapid Expander

Rapid Expander

Develops/expands the upper jaw in growing patients to correct jaw discrepancies, crossbites and to generate room to address crowding.

Bluegrass Tongue Thrust Appliance

Bluegrass Tongue Thrust Appliance

Coaches and encourages proper tongue posture during swallowing. Used in children that have a tongue thrust that is interfering with proper dental development.

Thumb/Finger Habit Appliance

Thumb/Finger Habit Appliance

Used to discourage a stubborn or persistent thumb or finger sucking habit that is interfering with proper dental development.

Space Maintainer

Space Maintainer

Used to maintain residual space left over from the loss of primary teeth. This extra space can be used to address moderate crowding of the permanent teeth in a developing child’s dentition.

Herbst/Piston Appliance

Herbst/Piston Appliance

Used to encourage lower jaw growth in young/adolescent patients. Effective in patients that have a discrepancy between the upper jaw and the lower jaw growing pattern. Can be used to address Overbites and Overjets but only in growing patients.

Headgear, Cervical Pull

Headgear, Cervical Pull

Used to restrain the upper jaw if growing too fast in the forward direction. Helps reduce Overbites and Overjets in growing patients but can also be utilized to increase the room available for patients with crowding in their developing permanent teeth.

Headgear, High Pull

Headgear, High Pull

Used to restrain the upper jaw if growing too fast in the downward direction. Helps reduce Openbites in growing patients but can also be utilized to increase the room available for patients with crowding in their developing permanent teeth.

Facemask

Facemask

Used to encourage more upper jaw growth in patients who have a developing Underbite, where the lower teeth are in front of the upper teeth. Most effective in young children.

Removeable Retainer

Removeable Retainer

Used to make sure your teeth stay straight after orthodontic treatment. Usually worn full time for 4 months after braces and then every night while sleeping for at least 2 years after braces. VERY IMPORTANT FOR LONG TERM SUCCESS OF ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT.

Lower Bonded Retainer

Lower Bonded Retainer

Fixed retainer commonly used to keep the lower teeth straight after orthodontic treatment. This is the area that is most prone to movement after orthodontics so we often advise patients to wear for at least 2 years or until 21 years old, whichever is longer. Even then, the lower teeth are still naturally vulnerable to move as we age, so often if the retainer is not bothering the patient and they are able to keep it clean, we recommend leaving it in indefinitely.

Tooth Positioner

Tooth Positioner

A retaining appliance that not only keeps your teeth straight after orthodontic treatment, but can be very effective in maintaining a proper occlusion (bite). Principally worn while sleeping and for a few waking hours.