Types of Appliances


Carrière Distalizer

The Carrière Distalizer is a direct bond appliance that attaches only to the canine and first permanent molar. The appliance provides a simple procedure to treat Class II cases to a Class I Platform as a first step to be accomplished at the beginning of the treatment


Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.


Forsus Spring

A fixed functional appliance that works in conjunction with full upper and lower braces to correct the bite efficiently.


Herbst® Appliance

The Herbst® appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.


Lip Bumper

The lip bumper is usually worn on the lower teeth. It creates special forces that will influence the growth and eruption of the lower teeth improving lip posture and tone of the lower lip. It is connected to the lower molars by inserting it into tubes or bands attached to the molars. The bumper has a plastic shield that rest between the lower incisors and the lower lip.


Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or 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 regression.



Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.


Separators or Spacers

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 do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.



Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an “underbite” with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently “pulls” on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.