Developed by 3M Unitek, the Forsus is a fixed spring appliance used to treat overbite malocclusions, such as when the upper teeth protrude and the lower lip is trapped under these teeth. Since the spring works 24/7 applying force to correct your bite, it has been used as a substitute for rubber bands. The stretchability of the coil spring allows for more movement, making it more comfortable to wear. It is also made of durable material, resulting in minimal breakage and increased reliability.
The Nance and Lower Lingual Holding Arch Appliances are used to prevent the posterior teeth from migrating forward when baby teeth are lost prematurely. These appliances are very effective at holding onto space that is desperately needed for the correct arrival of future adult teeth.
Expansion appliances are commonly used when upper and/or lower jaws are too narrow to fit properly with one another or if there is inadequate space for the planned eruption of future adult teeth.
It is very common for “Dad’s teeth” to be found in “Mom’s jaws” and adult teeth can be delayed, deflected off course, or even impacted so that they don’t erupt at all. Early treatment of these problems can make later full braces orthodontic treatment significantly easier and less costly when performed in time.
Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to your dentist.
One solution to thumb sucking is an appliance called a “fixed palatal crib.” This appliance is put on the child’s upper teeth by an orthodontist. It’s placed behind on the upper teeth on the roof of the mouth. The crib consists of semicircular stainless steel wires that are fastened to molars using steel bands. The stainless steel wires fit behind the child’s upper front teeth, and they are barely visible. The crib usually stops the habit of thumb sucking within the first day of use.