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Take Good Care of Your Orthodontic Appliances

You’ve got your new braces or another orthodontic appliance, and you’re adjusting to them nicely. But you may be feeling a bit nervous about taking care of them. You know to avoid foods like chewing gum and popcorn, but isn’t there more to it than that?

Our Boca Raton, FL and Coral Springs, FL orthodontists hope you find this information helpful. We’ve included useful tips about home care and information about each appliance we use in our practice. If you cannot locate the answer to your question, call Smiles by Dr. W and Dr. R at (561) 327-6775.

Bihelix

This appliance creates width in the lower arch. After the correct width has been achieved, you will continue to wear it to stabilize your teeth. More…

Bleaching Tray

Here is how to use your bleaching tray for your at-home teeth whitening treatment. More…

Chin Cup

This soft removable appliance is used to slow the growth of the lower jaw. More…

Crossbow Appliance

This fixed appliance, which is what is permanently cemented in the mouth on the upper and lower arches, make space on the upper arch by pushing the upper molars back and bringing the lower arch forward slightly to achieve a better bite relationship. More…

E Arch

The purpose of this appliance is to create width in the lower arch. More…

Elastics

Most of our patients wear elastics at some point in their orthodontic treatment. The rubber bands fit your upper and lower teeth together. More…

Fixed Lingual Retainers

This fixed retainer, a small wire glued behind the teeth, is worn on the upper or lower arch. It’s designed to maintain the final positions of your teeth. More…

FLEA

This appliance creates width in the lower arch. More…

Fred Spring Appliance

This fixed spring appliance works with a spring type of action to move your upper teeth back and your lower teeth forward to correct your bite from top to bottom. More…

Goshgarian Appliance

This appliance, also called a Gosh, creates room for the upper teeth by widening the arch and rotating the back molars. Attached to your braces on the back teeth, it’s usually worn for six to 12 months. More…

Habit Appliance

The habit appliance helps break a thumb or finger sucking habit by making it less comfortable to insert your fingers into your mouth. More…

Headgear

These removable appliances provide a special force that braces alone cannot, to guide the growth of the teeth, face, and jaws. More…

Headgear (Reverse)

This removable appliance provides a special force that braces alone cannot, to slow the growth of the lower jaw and encourage the growth potential of the upper jaw. In many, using reverse headgear prevents the need for future orthognathic jaw surgery. More…

Herbst Appliance

You usually wear a Herbst appliance, which is permanently cemented in your mouth, for ten to 14 months. It’s used to bring the lower jaw forward into the correct position to achieve a more ideal bite relationship. More…

Impacted Cuspid

We can offer multiple treatment options for an impacted cuspid. More…

Inman Aligner

This removable appliance is an alternative to limited braces that uses gentle, steady forces to correct anterior crowding and rotations of teeth associated with adult relapse. More…

Invisalign

We may need to bond tooth-colored buttons to certain teeth so that your Invisalign aligners perform specific functions during your treatment. More…

Lingual Arch

Shaped like a “U,” the lingual arch fits inside your lower teeth. It maintains or holds the space between the permanent incisors and the permanent molars. More…

Lip Bumper

The lip bumper is used to create room for permanent teeth in the lower jaw and to maintain the width of the lower arch. More…

MARA Appliance

This fixed appliance, which is permanently cemented in the mouth, brings the lower jaw forward into the correct position to achieve a more ideal bite relationship. You usually wear it for ten to 14 months. More…

MEA

The maxillary expansion appliance (MEA) works with a key and widens (expands) your upper jaw within three to six weeks. You then leave the appliance in place for a minimum of six months so the bone can complete its growth. More…

MEA Distalizer

The MEA distalizer widens (expands) your upper jaw and distalizes (moves back) the upper molars to create space in the arch within three to six weeks. Once the jaw is expanded, you leave the appliance in place for at least six months to allow the bone to complete its growth. More…

Nance Appliance (with Uprighting Spring)

This appliance anchors against the primary molars and palate while applying a force to the permanent first molar, to upright the permanent tooth and allow for unobstructed eruption into the mouth. More…

Nance Appliance

This appliance, which fits on the roof of your mouth, maintains or holds the space between the permanent incisors and the permanent molars. It has an acrylic button that lies just behind your front teeth. More…

Night Guard or TMJ Splint

A night guard is used to prevent the continued wearing away of the biting surfaces of your teeth from grinding your teeth while sleeping (bruxism). A TMJ splint is used to relieve jaw pain or locking potentially caused by an injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or related spasms of the facial muscles. More…

Orthodontic Brackets

We usually place brackets using a method called indirect bonding. We offer both ceramic and stainless steel brackets in our practice. More…

Passive Retainer

You’ll usually wear your passive retainer only at night while you are sleeping, to hold your teeth in their current positions. We’ll tell you if you need to wear it more frequently. More…

Pendex Appliance

The Pendex is a combination appliance consisting of a specially designed wire to make space on the upper arch by pushing the molars back and an orthopedic device to widen the upper arch. We’ll give you a key to use with it. More…

Pendulum

The pendulum is an appliance made of a special wire designed to make space on the upper arch by pushing the molars back. You’ll need to brush thoroughly around it since food and plaque adhere to it easily. More…

Phase Retainers

After your braces have been removed, you’ll wear a retainer to hold your teeth in their new positions. Usually you only wear the retainer at night between the first and second phases of your treatment. We’ll let you know if you need to wear it full time. More…

Positioner

A tooth positioner is an active appliance that we sometimes use when a patient gets their braces off and still needs a bit of “tooth settling” so all teeth fit together like gears on a wheel. During the first week, you’ll wear it as much as possible. More…

Quadhelix

The purpose of the quadhelix (quad) is to gain width in the upper arch. We’ll check the progress and make any adjustments necessary at each visit. After the correct width has been achieved, you’ll continue to wear the quad to stabilize the teeth. More…

Sagital Fixed Lower Retainer

The purpose of this retainer is to create space and help alleviate crowding in your lower arch. More…

Schwartz Plate

The three-way Schwartz plate widens (expands) your lower jaw and advances (moves forward) the front teeth over a period of nine to 12 months. Once the arch is expanded, the appliance is left in place for a period of time to stabilize the bone and maintain the correction. More…

Self-Ligating Brackets

These brackets are bonded directly to the front of the teeth. They act like little “handles” and allow us to move each individual tooth by adjusting archwires attached to each bracket. More…

Separators

Separators, sometimes called spacers, are little rubber “donuts” that are flossed between your teeth to create space. You wear them for a week or two, and they’re removed when your appliance is placed. More…

Spring Retainers

The spring retainer actively moves your teeth into new positions. You’ll wear it full-time. More…

TMJ Comfort (Home Care)

Here are some tips you can try at home to alleviate TMJ discomfort. More…

Tongue Hole Retainers

You wear the tongue hole retainer on your upper palate. You insert the tongue through the hole to help “train” your tongue to swallow in the appropriate position. More…

Trutane Active Aligners

Trutane active aligners move your teeth into new positions to correct alignment of your teeth. You may receive more than one aligner as your treatment progresses. You’ll wear them full time. More….

Trutane Passive Retainers

Trutane passive retainers hold your teeth in their new positions after your braces are removed. They’re usually worn full time. More….

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