We use these springs when you have a severe overbite. They are locked onto your braces and wires, so you cannot take them in and out. They are the equivalent of having hydraulics on your car. Very stylish!
Lower lingual Holding Arch or Space Maintainer
We use this appliance when we want to gain extra space to resolve crowding. Your baby molars on the bottom are usually much wider than the permanent teeth that take their place. On most people, all that extra space is closes your 6 year molars come forward. If we use a holding arch, we can use the extra space to take care of crowding in the front.
Blue Grass Roller Habit Appliance
This is the least invasive appliance that we use for people with open bites. Typically, these open bites are caused by finger habits or tongue thrusting. This roller provides you with a gentle reminder to remove your finger or position your tongue more favorably. If it doesn’t work, we can always move into something razor sharp.
Reverse Pull Head Gear or Facemask
The facemask is used to treat people that have an underbite because of a skeletal deficiency in the upper jaw. It attaches to an appliance in your mouth with elastics. We recommend that you wear your facemask for at least 14 hours a day, unless you’re in trouble at home. Then mom and dad have permission to make you wear it to school.
We use an expander when the upper jaw is too narrow. The appliance is turned by you (typically once a day) and works by slowly separating the two halves of your palate. Don’t worry if you develop a space between your two front teeth because that means it’s working. Feel free to take full advantage of your temporary ability to shoot water between that space.
This appliance is occasionally used after the braces come off. If you had an openbite to start with and your teeth are prone to relapsing, we will use the positioner as a retainer. Or if you are a boxer.
Our diode laser can be used to perform a number of procedures. Most commonly, we will use it to help uncover a tooth that is stuck in the gums. It can also be used to aesthetically contour the gums after treatment.
Here’s an example of what we can do with our laser.