Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics (or rubber bands) are often prescribed by the doctor to improve the fit of your upper and lower teeth as needed. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work only if they're worn as prescribed!
The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device are sometimes prescribed to eliminate an excessive overjet (overbite) to improve the fit of teeth.
Reverse Headgear (Facemask)
Facemask therapy is sometimes prescribed to treat child and teen patients whose teeth are in an underbite (where the lower jaw is forward of the upper jaw). Facemask therapy uses elastics (rubber bands) to improve the relationship between the upper and lower jaw, partially by promoting growth of the upper jaw.
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.
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
Elastic Separators (Spacers)
Separators are little rubber elastic 'doughnuts' that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.
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