Types of Appliances

elastics (rubber bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

These little rubber bands improve the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Make sure you wear these as we instruct to ensure the best result.



We use this appliance if you have an overbite or an underbite (if your bite isn’t properly aligned). Headgear gently keeps your teeth in place so that there is no farther forward growth of your teeth and jaw.


herbst appliance

Herbst® Appliance

This appliance is usually for younger children. It is used to reduce an overbite by encouraging the lower jaw to move forward and the upper molars to move backward.


palatal expander

Palatal Expander

This appliance expands your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars. We will instruct you about how to adjust your expander. You should continue to wear this for a few months after the desired width is achieved to prevent regression.




Positioners help set the final movements of your teeth. You should only have to wear these about 4-8 weeks.




Retainers can either be removable or fixed. They will hole your new smile in place to ensure that your teeth do not regress back to their previous positions. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial in keeping your beautiful new smile!



Separators or Spacers

These little rubber doughnuts may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands can be placed during your next appointment. Separators do not mix well with floss or sticky foods.


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