Other Appliances

Palatal Expander: Designed to widen your upper jaw, a palatal expander applies outward pressure on your upper molars to slowly expand your palate.

Spacers (Separators): Spacers are plastic rings that are inserted between back teeth before you have braces, providing space for your teeth to shift. If a spacer comes out, call our office to see if you need a replacement. Do not chew sticky foods with or floss teeth that have spacers in them.

Elastics (Rubber Bands): Rubber bands are used with fixed metal braces. They must be worn at all times and changed daily per our instructions.

Headgear: For a severe overbite or underbite, headgear is sometimes used to continuously pull on your teeth, restricting further growth forward.

Positioners: Designed to complete the final tooth necessary movements, positioners are usually the last step in the orthodontic process.


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