A Biteplate is a removable appliance similar to a retainer that is used to correct a deepbite or to help correct a crossbite.
Brackets are the small metal or ceramic modules attached to each tooth. They serve as guides to move the teeth and hold the archwire in place.
A stretchable plastic chain used to hold archwires into brackets and to move teeth.
Elastics or rubber bands help move the upper and lower teeth relative to each other, ultimately achieving a better bite. These 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.
Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely.
The Forsus appliance is an orthodontic appliance that is affixed to the teeth. Springs mounted on the side of the appliance force the lower jaw forward upon closure of the jaws retraining the bite and correcting a Class II problem.
The Herbst Appliance is a functional appliance used in some growing patients to stimulate growth of the lower jaw.
Invisalign® is a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that are used as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces.
A lingual arch is an orthodontic device which connects two molars in the upper or lower dental arch.
A device that is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports. The use of a mouthguard is especially important for orthodontic patients, to prevent injuries.
The Nance button is utilized to hold the upper molar teeth in position while allowing for the movement of other teeth. The impact of the button on the lower palate creates a force on the back molars.
A gadget that the orthodontist gives you to wear after your braces are removed. The retainer attaches to your upper and / or lower teeth and holds them in the correct position while your jaw hardens and your teeth get strongly attached to your jaw. At first, you wear the retainer 24 hours a day, and then only at night.
An appliance that can be used on both arches for minor rotation and correction of anterior alignment.