A device used in orthodontics to align teeth and their position with regard to a person's bite. They are often used to correct malocclusions such as underbites, overbites, cross bite and open bites, deep bites, or crooked teeth and various other flaws of teeth and jaws, whether cosmetic or structural.
Elastics or rubber bands for braces help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. The orthodontic rubber bands are typically effective for correcting overbites, underbites, or other types of alignments of the jaw. They are also useful for moving a tooth out of alignment or to close a space in the mouth.
A palatal expander, also known as a rapid palatal expander, rapid maxillary expansion appliance, palate expander or orthodontic expander, is used to widen the upper jaw so that the bottom and upper teeth will fit together better.
The forus is a fixed appliance that is used for dental asymmetry corrections when a higher force is needed. This appliances allows the patient to open and move the jaw freely.
Hawley retainer includes a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and keeps them in place. Named for its inventor, Dr. Charles Hawley, the labial wire, or Hawley bow, incorporates 2 omega loops for adjustment. It is anchored in an acrylic arch that sits in the palate (roof of the mouth).
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that both orthodontists and dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.
The Mara is an appliance that helps posture your jaw forward when you bite down. This helps correct overbites in growing patients. Usually, it is worn about 9-12 months before removal.
Power chains are similar to the arch wire around every bracket, called elastic ligatures. The power chains are positioned in a manner that adds the required extra force in closing the gap between the teeth, and closing the gap only where required.
A functional appliance used to expand the upper dental arch by stimulating growth of the bone in width. Once widened, the suture knits together. The Schwarz appliance is only prescribed prior to completion of growth. It is adjusted daily as instructed until the palate has been widened enough. It is then left in place for about four months without further adjustment while the bone fills the center palatal suture or healing occurs.
Separators are tiny rubber bands or springs that your orthodontist places between your back teeth. These separators prepare your mouth for braces by creating a small gap between these teeth. This space allows for the placement of a metal band around your molar, which anchors your braces in your mouth.
An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.
This simple device given to address severe thumb/finger sucking habit. It involves using a wire crib attached to two back braces and fixed.