After the removal of braces, retainers are used to hold your teeth in place while your bone and gum are adapting to the new positions. Wearing your retainer as directed is important to prevent your teeth going back toward where they were at the beginning of the treatment. Retainers may be removable or fixed.
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The spring aligner is a removable appliance used for aligning minor irregularity or rotation of incisors. The resilient wire framework and acrylic provide the necessary corrective force to move teeth. Please wear the appliance all the time except eating, brushing, and flossing, unless otherwise directed by your orthodontist.
Herbst Orthodontic Appliance
The Herbst appliance is a fixed orthodontic appliance that helps correcting the bite when upper teeth/jaw is forward comparing to lower teeth/jaw. This appliance helps to create a desirable facial change by setting the lower jaw forward. Typically, the appliance is worn for 10-14 months. During the last two months, an underbite may be created for overcorrection in anticipation of some relapse when the appliance is removed. Initial adjustment period At first, the lips, cheeks, and teeth may become sore. Placing cotton rolls under the lower bars for the first 3-5 days will help making it more comfortable. If the metal attachments rub the cheek, wax can be placed in those irritating areas until your mouth adjust to the appliance. Warm salt water rinses and lidocaine rinses. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Tylenol, Advil, and Aleve, will also help to relieve the discomfort. During the adjustment period, a softer diet is also recommended. Speech and swallowing can be affected by the appliance. Keep speaking and swallowing, you will get used to having this appliance in your mouth soon.
How to take care of the Herbst appliance?
Please avoid hard, sweet, and sticky food. Brush your teeth, gum, and the appliance carefully and often. If the rods disengage by opening the mouth too wide, the rods can be reinserted into the sheaths with your mouth wide open, as we have demonstrated to you. We understand the difficulty you might have adjusting to the Herbst appliance. Please be patient during the adjustment period. Once you have become accustomed to the appliance, we feel that you will be very pleased with the results. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.