Dr. Suzanne Stock, Orthodontist, strives to deliver the best when it comes to orthodontics in the Iowa City, Williamsburg, Washington, and Fairfield areas. When most people think of orthodontics, they think of braces or even Invisalign. While our office is proud to offer those treatments for our patients, we also provide many other orthodontic appliances as well. As your trusted orthodontic office, we want to supply a wide range of orthodontic options so that we can best treat you, no matter what type of correction you might need. Listed below are some of the orthodontic appliances that we use.
Headgear is used to improve the relationship of the jaws. This has been used for many years and it remains an incredibly reliable appliance. Most patients will only require evening and nighttime wear for headgear to work properly.
One of the most common orthodontic problems is when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth. This can often be caused due to a small lower jaw that is farther back than it should be. The Herbst appliance corrects this relationship by bringing the lower jaw into a forward position. It fits completely in the mouth and is attached to the molars.
Many orthodontic patients have a narrow upper jaw. This means that the upper back teeth will rest inside of the lower back teeth, otherwise known as a crossbite. The Hyrax appliance is used to correct the crossbite by expanding the upper jaw. It is secured to two upper teeth and reaches across the palate.
Lower Holding Arch
A lower holding arch is used as a space maintainer. This appliance is cemented to two lower molars to hold space open for erupting teeth. It can prevent or reduce mild to moderate crowding.
Retainers are always used after a patient has just had his or her braces removed. The retainer is used to hold teeth in place and make sure that they don’t shift back into misalignment. Retainers can also be used to move a single tooth or just a small group of teeth that are out of alignment.
Habit appliances are used to fix bad habits that may develop. Two such bad habits that a habit appliance can fix are thumb sucking and tongue thrusting. If the habit is severe and persistent enough, a habit appliance may be required. These appliances are usually left in place until the bad habit has stopped.
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs)
TADs are tiny anchors that are designed to aid in tooth movement. These are essentially implants that are removed after they’ve been used for anchorage. A TAD offers a practitioner more options when it comes to moving teeth and improving the position of them.
Contact Your Iowa City Orthodontist Today!
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. If you wish to schedule an appointment with us, we encourage you to fill out our complimentary exam form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (319) 338-8658 for our Iowa City office or (319) 800-9497 for one of our offices in Fairfield, Washington, and Williamsburg. We look forward to seeing you and helping you attain a healthier and straighter smile!