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Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries

Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries


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Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires means you may spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

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You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Tran has prescribed. You'll visit Dr. Tran about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Invisalign treatment is not recommended for everyone, so please schedule a complementary consultation to see if Invisalign is right for you. Even if you aren't a candidate for Invisalign treatment, Dr. Tran can recommend a cosmetic alternative to Invisalign treatment, such as clear, ceramic braces or iBraces.


Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries

Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries

Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries

 To successfully complete an orthodontic treatment plan, patients must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the elastics (rubber bands), headgear, or other appliances as prescribed.
The following paragraphs describe the types of appliances that may be used during your treatment.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed. Forgetting or neglecting to wear your rubber bands, even for one day, will allow the teeth to drift back to their previous positions. This will extend your treatment time significantly.

Forsus® Appliance

The Forsus® is designed to work like permanent rubber bands. It is used to improve the relationship between upper and lower teeth to improve your bite.


Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an "overbite," (with the uppers forward of the lowers), a "deep bite" (where the upper teeth cover the lower teeth), or an "open bite" (when the front teeth do not touch when you bite). Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth and restricts further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

Lingual Arch

A lingual arch is placed on lower molars to keep them from shifting when teeth are lost or when forces are used during orthodontic treatment. A wire bar connects the two sides of the lingual arch and rests comfortably below the teeth.

Palatal Arch

A palatal arch is placed on the upper molars and is similar to a lingual arch. Palatal arches are used in for a variety of reasons including after palatal expansion to prevent relapse. Sometimes a small, smooth acrylic button is placed on the arch to prevent the upper teeth from shifting forward during treatment.

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an 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 solidify the expansion and to prevent relapse.


Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators can become dislodged with sticky foods or with toothpicks and floss. If they do become dislodged, please call the office so that they can be replaced before the next appointment.

About Elastics

Types Of Orthodontic Auxillaries

About Elastics


Class II Elastics

Run elastic from upper cuspid hook to the lower 1st or 2nd molar hook, as instructed. Every case is different, and the doctor will decide.

Class III Elastics Underbite

Run elastic from the lower cuspid hook to the upper 1st or 2nd molar hook as instructed. Every case is different, and the doctor will decide.

Triangle Elastics

Run the elastic from the lower cuspid to the upper 1st premolar and then to the upper 1st molar to form a triangle.

Box Elastics

Run elastic from upper cuspid hook to the lower 1st or 2nd molar hook, as instructed. Every case is different, and the doctor will decide.

Rapid Palatal Expander

Palatal expanders are used to make room for crowded teeth and/or broaden the smile. Their early use can often prevent the need to remove healthy adult teeth later. Expanders are ideally used between the ages of 8 and 10 when the mid-palatal suture is still unfused. Expanders can sometimes be used up until age 12 but in our opinion should be avoided thereafter.

Posterior Crossbite Elastic

The elastic is worn from the outside of the lower molar hook to the inside on the upper molar button. It may also run outside of upper molar to inside of the lower molar, and the doctor will decide.

Forsus Appliance-Class II Correction Device

The elastic is attached to four teeth, two on the top and two on the bottom to form a box. They are most commonly used in molar areas. Every case is different, and the doctor will decide.



 ♦ Your teeth are guaranteed to shift over time if your retainers are not worn as prescribed.

♦ Retainers should be worn for your lifetime; if they are, you can keep your teeth straight and beautiful!

♦ Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise.

♦ Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing aloud to get used to them faster.

♦ Take your retainers out when eating... and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunchrooms or at restaurants when they are left on a tray, wrapped in a napkin, and thrown away.)

♦ Remove retainers when swimming.

♦ Keep retainers away from hot water, hot car dashboards, pockets, the washing machine, and pets (they love to chew on retainers!)

♦ Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque and eliminates odors. Efferdent or other orthodontic appliance cleaners can be used but these do not take the place of brushing.

♦ Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken call us immediately to prevent shifting of your teeth.

♦ If you notice that your permanent retainer has become loose from one of your teeth, call us so that it can be repaired. If it is left loose, your teeth can shift.

♦ If you have any questions or concerns about your retainers, or your retainers need adjusting, do not try to adjust them yourself- call us!

♦ Always bring your retainers to your appointments.

Temporary Anchorage Devices


Mini orthoscrews (aka mini implants)make treatment faster, more efficient and precise. It's made from medical grade titanium and is design to be comfortable and hygienic. It can be easily placed by Dr. Tran in 5-10 minutes without any needles or knife. There is virtually no bleeding involved. Orthoscrews saves patients time and money. It can help correct many malocclusions without invasive surgery. For example :

    •    Canted Smiles
    •    Severe Overbites
    •    Severe Overjets
    •    Anterior Cross Bites
    •    Open Bites
    •    Reduce the need for extractions