These are some of the appliances that may be used during orthodontic treatments
to obtain the best results. Dr. Lopatkin will inform you if appliances
are necessary for your particular treatment case.
In order to create your perfect smile, often appliances can be used alone
or in conjunction with braces. Alone they can often prepare you for a
shorter time in braces or used with braces can speed treatment time and
improve overall results. We also provide instructions on all appliances.
A TAD (Temporary Anchorage Device) is a miniature temporary implant screw
that is positioned in the mouth. It serves as an anchor for moving specific
teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible. TAD's are
made of sterile medica-grade titanium alloy. They eliminate cumbersome
appliances (e.g., headgear) and allow us to treat certain cases better
and faster than ever before.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth.
The Forsus is an appliance that helps to correct a class II excessive overjet
(upper teeth to far in front of the lower teeth). Forsus is a fixed appliance
worn 24 hours a day, requiring less patient compliance than traditional
rubber bands or head gear.
Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an "overbite,"
(the upper teeth lie too far forward over the lower teeth) or and "underbite,"
(the lower teeth are too far forward or the upper teeth are too far back)
Headgear gently pulls on your teeth to restrict further forward growth
of your upper teeth and jaw.
The palatal expander "expands" (widens) your upper jaw by putting
gentle pressure on your upper molars each time and adjustment is made.
Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your
expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance
for several months to hold expansion and to prevent relapse.