Orthodontic Appliances

  • Bonded Upper Expander

    The Bonded Upper Expander is constructed with a palatal expansion screw whose metal arms are soldered to wire framework. The framework encircles all of the posterior teeth and supports the acrylic posterior bite plane. The Bonded Upper Expander is a way to widen a narrow upper jaw. This can be used on young children as early as five years of age and is typically removed after only six weeks.

  • Herbst

    The Herbst appliance is designed to correct class II problems and improve the facial aesthetics by advancing the lower jaw into a more forward position. We use this appliance to help increase the amount of lower jaw growth while correcting the exsisting malocclusion.

  • Hawley Retainer

    A Hawley retainer is made of acrylic that is molded to your mouth and contains a wire to hold your teeth in position. The Hawley design permits desirable "settling" of the bite to occur by allowing slight incremental vertical movement of the posterior teeth which may enhance stability.

  • Essix Retainer

    The Essix retainer is made of clear durable plastic, it snaps into place over your teeth. Once placed, your teeth and gums show through the plastic, making the retainers appear nearly invisible. The Essix retainer is used to maintain your orthodontic results.

  • Bonded Upper Retainer

    A Bonded Retainer is a fixed retainer that typically consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the incisors. Bonded retainers cannot be removed by the patient and are prescribed when orthodontic treatment has effected great changes in the bite and there is a high risk for reversal of these changes.

  • Bonded Lower Retainer

    A Bonded Retainer is a fixed retainer that typically consists of a passive wire bonded to the tongue-side of the incisors. Bonded retainers cannot be removed by the patient and are prescribed when orthodontic treatment has effected great changes in the bite and there is a high risk for reversal of these changes.

  • Class II Elastics

    Class II elastics are rubber bands that run from the upper arch to the lower arch. They can be used to either retract the upper arch or advance the lower arch.

  • Class III Elastics

    Class III Elastics are rubber bands that are worn from the lower canine to the upper first molar. Class III Elastic are worn when the lower teeth are farther forward than the upper teeth.

  • Cross Bite Elastics

    Crossbites are quite common and can often be corrected using braces and rubber bands. It's important to note that the correction will only occur if the rubber bands are worn as instructed.

  • Posterior Elastics

    Elastics are placed to specifically align one arch to another. Elastics will move your teeth in a direction that cannot be accomplished with braces alone.