Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics are tiny rubber bands that you place on your brackets. When worn properly, they work with your braces to get your teeth and bite in the proper alignment to help with things like biting and chewing your food.
The Forsus appliance uses metal bars that go on your brackets and take the place of rubber bands. Forsus can be more comfortable than rubber bands, and is also easier to use as they are fixed in place. There is no need to hook bands on brackets or remember to attach your headgear every night.
Headgear is a device that a patient attaches to themselves with the use of elastics to help fix their bite. Dr. Dhingra will recommend the best option for your needs, as headgear requires good patient compliance.
Herbst is an appliance that is bonded in the patient’s mouth to help fix the bite. It is used in cases where the lower jaw needs to move forward and the upper molars backward.
Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE)
An RPE is a bonded appliance that helps widen the palate. It is used when a patient has a lot of crowding and not enough room for their teeth. Using an RPE can reduce the need for extractions.
The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
At Dhingra Orthodontics, we use clear retainers to retain the teeth as they were the day the braces were removed. Patients who have completed orthodontic treatment will need a retainer to keep their teeth nice and straight. Dr. Dhingra will instruct you on how long to wear your retainer for optimal results.
Separators or Spacers
A separator or a spacer is a small plastic rubber band that is wedged between the teeth to help make room for metal bands or appliances to fit. When wearing a separator, avoid sticky foods, toothpicks, and floss.
Your first visit at our Springfield, Beavercreek, or Bellefontaine orthodontic office is completely complimentary. Anything we do that day including records won't cost you anything! During this visit, Dr. Dhingra will review your treatment options, as well as any functional appliances necessary to achieve your new smile. Schedule an appointment for your free exam today!