Along with braces, you will need one or several other orthodontic appliances throughout your treatment. Some appliances are designed for use with braces, while others may be prescribed before or after your time wearing braces. Here’s a look at some of the appliances our patients in Albany and Corvallis use regularly.
Rubber bands, also commonly called elastics, are used with braces to improve the movement and fit of the teeth and jaws. Dr. Trammell and Dr. Schanilec will clearly explain how to use your rubber bands, and it’s important to follow these instructions for the best results possible. Elastics are available in an array of colors, making them a fun accessory for our younger patients.
Palatal expanders are used for patients whose upper jaw isn’t wide enough for a proper bite. They work to gradually expand the palate, which is the space between your upper teeth. Palatal expanders need to be adjusted regularly over a short period to achieve the proper results. Dr. Trammell and Dr. Schanilec follows the palatal expander with a palatal retainer to ensure the results are maintained.
Reverse pull headgear is used for young children whose jaws aren’t yet fully developed to move the upper jaw structure forward. These facemasks are typically worn for 3–6 months at night while the child is sleeping, and they are gentle but effective in correcting jaw alignment and structural issues.
Spacers or separators are small rubber rings that are placed between teeth to push them apart and create space. The space created allows for metal bands to be fitted around the molars. Spacers are removed before we put your bands in place. When you have spacers in your mouth, it’s important to avoid sticky foods. Flossing around the teeth with separators should be avoided.
Headgear is an appliance that helps further adjust the teeth and jaws in certain cases when more force is needed than braces can supply. Headgear is worn at home and during sleep rather than during daily activities. While headgear is a bit more obtrusive than other appliances, this equipment has become much smaller and more comfortable over the years.
Along with these common appliances, we also often treat patients using Invisalign clear aligners, retainers and temporary anchorage devices (TADs). Follow the links for more information, and please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about the oral appliances we offer.