We've Moved!

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.

Space Maintainers

Upper or Lower Lingual Holding Arch (ULHA or LLHA)

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.

Nance Appliances

A lower lingual holding arch (LLHA) is made of two bands cemented to the lower first molars and a wire (attached to the bands) that spans in a 'U' shape toward the front teeth.

Patients wearing a ULHA or LLHA should brush twice daily around the bands and always avoid sticky, chewy candy, since it can loosen the appliance. If you have any problems with your Nance or LLHA Appliance, please call our office immediately.

A lingual holding arch (Phase I Treatment) is recommended for children who have lost their primary (baby) teeth too soon. Primary teeth are considered Mother Nature's way of space maintenance. In the instance that a baby tooth is extracted, damaged or falls out too soon, a space maintainer is recommended. The space maintainer (ULHA or LLHA) will hold the permanent molars in place while primary teeth are falling out and permanent teeth are erupting. The appliance will remain in the patient's mouth until all permanent teeth have erupted and he or she is ready to begin comprehensive orthodontic (Phase II) Treatment.