We are now located in Aurora at 5001 S. Parker Rd., Suite 201 — on the NW corner of S. Parker Rd. and E. Belleview Ave. in the Point Belleview building.
Functional orthodontic appliances use the muscle action from speaking, eating and swallowing to create forces that move teeth and align the jaws. Some orthodontic appliances are removable, while others are bonded to the teeth. A functional appliance may fit between the upper and lower teeth or it may span across the mouth between the molars, pressing the bone outward.
A space maintainer (ULHA or LLHA) is worn when primary (baby) teeth are removed prematurely, while waiting for permanent teeth to grow into place.
The Nance appliance (ULHA) is made of two bands that are cemented onto the first molars and a wire (attached to the bands) that spans the roof of the mouth from one molar to the other. An acrylic pad or "button" covers the wire that touches the roof of the mouth directly behind the front teeth.
One of the most common problems treated by orthodontics is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. Ordinarily, when we see a patient with the upper teeth protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward; but, more often than not, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and devices like the Herbst appliance help this happen.
Bite turbos are small metal or acrylic (pink/tooth color) blocks that are placed in the front (anterior bite turbo) or back (posterior bite turbo) of your mouth in order for the teeth to move more rapidly. When the teeth aren't biting together tightly (as they did before braces were placed) they can freely move into the correct position.