Orthodontic appliances are
necessary when braces alone are not adequate to fully correct
your orthodontic problem.
It takes a few days to get used to
the appliance. Initially there will be some lisping
but within a week your speech will be back
Pain is rarely experienced, but you may feel the
initial pressure on your teeth and your cheeks. Sometimes
patients may experience a slight headache. You can take over
the counter medication to alleviate the discomfort. As with any
orthodontic appliance, remember to stay away from hard, sticky
foods that can break and pull apart your appliance. Be sure to
brush all parts of your appliance, as well as your teeth.
appliance used to help you stop a harmful habit such as thumb
sucking, finger sucking or tongue thrusting.
The bite plate is designed to correct a deep bite (when the
upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth).
Initially, there may be an adjustment period and speech may be
affected for a short period of time. When wearing your bite
pate, it is normal if your back teeth do not meet all the way.
It may take a few weeks to completely adjust to your new bite
For optimal results, the bite plate should be
worn 24 hours a day and only removed for eating and brushing. As
with any orthodontic appliance, you should brush all parts of
your bite plate as well as your teeth. Depending on the amount
of correction needed, the bite plate may be worn for 3 to 6
months. Make sure to bring it to every appointment so the
orthodontist can adjust it to your bite.
Night Brace (Headgear)
The headgear is
designed to create space for erupting teeth.
headgear should be worn a minimum of 12 to 14 hours as directed.
It should be worn each night while asleep, plus enough daytime
hours in order to reach the required amount.
If you wear
the headgear more than the minimum amount, treatment will
progress much faster and the braces can come off sooner!
Make sure you
know how to put on and remove your headgear. A mirror may be
necessary at first, but soon, with practice, little effort will
may occasionally become sore. This is a sure sign of movement,
so do not let this discourage you. Continue wearing your
headgear and the soreness will lessen as the teeth become used
to the pressure.
"rest periods" can be helpful when you are first getting used to
your headgear. The initial discomfort will diminish as you
become accustomed to wearing it.
The headgear should not be worn during outside activities or
active sports. Remember, wear the headgear just during quiet
time and sleeping hours.
might prevent you from reaching your required daily total, but
try your best. Make up “short days” by wearing it longer on
omitting even one day can cancel the progress from three “good
palatal expander is an appliance designed to widen your upper
jaw by gently separating the bones of the palate. It works best
in teenagers younger than 15 years old, because below this age,
the bones of the upper jaw are still pliable. The palatal
expander consists of a screw that is attached to the teeth by
means of bands that go around your teeth.
expander is a fixed appliance that will remain in the mouth for
a certain amount of time, or until the orthodontist has the
correct amount of space to continue treatment. The expander is
activated by turning the screw with a key, as instructed by your
orthodontist. As the upper jaw is widened, a space may develop
between the front teeth. This space will generally close by
itself within a month. Once expansion is completed, the
expander will remain in the mouth for approximately three months
to stabilize your teeth before being removed.
Until you get
used to eating with your expansion
appliance, eat plenty of soft foods. Pain is rarely
experienced, but you may feel the initial pressure on your
teeth, in the middle of your palate, and your cheeks. Take over
the counter pain medication to alleviate any discomfort.
removable plastic piece that fits over the teeth. It protects
the teeth and inside of the mouth when playing sports. This can
be purchased over the counter at any sports stores. Follow the
instructions for use.