Depending on your treatment plan you may have an appliance in addition to your braces.  Below is our image gallery of common orthodontic we commonly use:
This fixed appliance is used in orthodontics to create more space in the jaws during growth, to accommodate teeth. It works by separating the two bones of the upper jaws which are connected at the roof of the mouth by a suture. The best time to use this appliance is when you are still growing before the upper jaw bones become connected permanently. The appliance must remain in your mouth for about 2-4 weeks during expansion, and for about 4 months afterwards to stabilize and reduce relapse.
This fixed appliance is different from other expanders in that it doesn’t require patient compliance & expands the upper jaw more slowly, thus creating a more gentle physiological response. This is an excellent appliance to expand narrow upper jaws & to treat mild-moderate crowding and or cross-bites. The appliance must remain in your mouth for about 4-6 months.
The Schwartz is a removable expander, which acts to slowly expand the upper or lower jaw to develop the arch form, uprighting the teeth & creating more room for the permanent teeth to erupt.
The Forsus is a fixed appliance that attaches to your braces in order to correct your bite. It functions by applying gentle, steady pressure – gradually pushing the upper arch of teeth backwards and lower arch of teeth forwards, until the proper amount of overbite correction is achieved. The Forsus will remain attached to the braces, until the proper amount of bite correction is achieved (generally about 4 months).
If worn consistently the headgear is designed to hold the upper jaw back against excessive forward growth & move the upper molars back to correct your bite. This helps to both balance your profile, correct crowding & fix your “overbite.”
If worn consistently the facemask is designed to move the upper jaw and molars forward to correct your “underbite”. This helps to both balance your profile, prevent excessive Class III growth and correct your anterior crossbite.
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