An orthodontic appliance consisting of a removable
labial wire and an acrylic biteplate resting against
the palate, used to stabilize teeth after their
Wearing rubber bands will help in your treatment to
correct the position of the jaw.
maintainers are fixed to one side of
The gum on top of the impacted tooth
will be lifted up to expose the impacted Cuspid
underneath. If there is a baby tooth present, it will be
removed at the same time. Once the tooth is exposed, the
oral surgeon will bond an orthodontic bracket to the
exposed tooth. This will begin the process
of moving the tooth into its proper place in the dental
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How to maintain your
orthodontic device clean.
Upper holding arches, also known as Nance holding
arches, are used to prevent adult teeth from becoming
crowded or blocked-out in cases where baby teeth have
been removed or lost earlier than normal.
In cases where lower baby teeth are lost or removed
early a lower holding arch can be used to prevent
teeth from being blocked-out or crowded.
Bionators are used to slowly
correct overbites in growing
children. They can also be used to
correct open bites and deep bites.
An upper and lower expander in children or braces in adults can
be used to correct this problem.
move the upper molars backward in an effort to correct the bite
and make room for the front teeth.
increase the width of the palate without the use of a
traditional screw-based expander.
( First Aid
Loose or Poking Wires
If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using
the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-Tip. If the wire cannot be tucked
away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax, a cotton
ball, or a piece of sugarless gum until you can see us for an
If the main wire has come out of the tube on your back tooth, attempt
to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nosed pliers or tweezers. If
the wire is not sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. As a
last resort, if you cannot come into our office, the wire can be cut
with a small wire cutter or toenail clipper close to the back of the
Loose Brackets or Bands
If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main
wire by a little colored rubber ring. Eyebrow tweezers can be used to
reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of
irritation. Call our office and inform us the problem.
If a piece of your braces breaks, save the piece and call our office
to schedule a repair visit.
If the rod and tube that connect the upper and lower parts of the
appliance come apart, you can simply open wide and re-attach them.
If a screw comes loose, reattach the parts using the small hex wrench
enclosed in your home care package.
Call our office to schedule an appointment to check the re-assembly.
If one of the stainless steel crowns comes loose call our office at
520-742-1232 to schedule an appointment for repair.
Occasionally, swelling of one of the cheeks occurs a day or two after
the Herbst is placed. Please call our office promptly if this occurs.
In case a rubber spacer falls out, take two pieces of dental floss
and insert them through the spacer. Pull on both pieces of floss to
stretch the spacer, and then slide the spacer back and forth between the
two teeth where it belongs. Once the bottom half of the spacer slips
under the tight spot between the teeth, release and remove the floss and
the spacer will fit back properly.
Creating a beautiful smile with braces.
1) We feel orthodontics is a benefit that will help our patients
through life with a beautiful smile and healthy bite.
2) What is orthodontics?
Relates to the practice of straightening any irregularities in the
alignment of your teeth. The idea is to correct your bite,and keep your
your teeth healthy.
3) Your preliminary examination is free.
Our professionally trained staff will be eager to assist you with any
questions you might have. So make an appointmentto see us, and find out
what we can do today to make you look your best tomorrow.
4) What is the average length of treatment?
This will vary depending on several things including your cooperation
and keeping your scheduled orthodontic appointments. Everyone`s teeth
move at their own rate. Some treatments end earlier than others. It all
depends on your biological factors.
5) Why are retainers so important?
Retainers help keep your teeth straight at the completion of your
treatment. Retainers must be worn as instructed to prevent relapse.
Retainers are particularly important after the braces are removed while
the teeth stabilize.
6) How much so braces cost?
- $1200-1800.00 USD Total cost
- $48-680.00 USD Down payment divided in
- $380.00 USD at the beginningof treatment
- $300.00 USD Four month later
- $35-60.00 USD minimum monthly payment
If You Swallow Something
Remain calm if you swallow a piece of your appliance. It will usually
go into the stomach and pass out of the body in a bowel movement.
However, if difficulty breathing is experienced, you should seek
immediate medical attention. X-rays will be taken to determine the
location of the swallowed piece.
If a retainer cracks, remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all
the pieces to our office for professional repair.
Sore Teeth or Sore Gums
Take ibuprofen or acetaminophen if your teeth are sore after a
monthly visit. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE TAKING ANY
MEDICATION, PARTICULARLY IF YOU HAVE ANY HISTORY OF ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and teaspoon of salt can
also be soothing. If you teeth get sore suddenly in the middle of the
month, give us a call because it is unusual for the teeth to get sore
several weeks after your last office visit.
If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy
brush to dislodge the food.
If you cut your gums, tongue or the inside of your cheek, apply finger
pressure to the bleeding site for several minutes. If the bleeding
doesn’t stop, call your family dentist.
Minor irritations and canker sores will heal much more quickly if you
apply Zylactin™ according the manufacturer's directions. You can
purchase it over the counter at most pharmacies and grocery stores.