At Lenhart Orthodontics we use a variety of appliances to best suit your needs for dental and skeletal correction. Below, you can find a list of just some of the appliances we use in our practice.
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.
The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative to headgear which promotes growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.
The Carriere appliances is a great low-profile appliance that allows for bite correction before aligners or braces. The Carriere includes two bars, a clear retainer, and rubber bands. You can even choose the color of the bars!
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.
MARA Functional Appliance
The Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance (MARA) is used to correct excessive overjet when more skeletal growth modification is needed. This is typically when the lower jaw growth is not keeping pace with that of the upper jaw. The MARA requires the patient to function with their lower jaw in a forward position. In doing so, it promotes improved growth of the lower jaw and creates an environment that helps the lower jaw grow to its full genetic potential. This appliance is typically in place for 12-15 months as it takes time for proper bone growth to occur. Thus, it improves the fit of the teeth as well as possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery. The smaller size of this appliance creates greater comfort and better aesthetics when compared to other class II correctors.
The SISU Aero Mouthguard is made from a high-tech thermoplastic material that is 30% stronger and has 8x greater tensile strength than conventional mouthguard materials. It is 50% thinner than your traditional mouthguards while still maintaining ultimate protection for your beautiful smile. We will custom fit your mouthguard right in our office. All local school colors are currently in stock
We are now offering DesignerTies® for our patients. DesignerTies® are the perfect way to make a fashion statement with your braces! Designs and colors for the ultimate in self-expression every time you smile.