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How does it work? To begin treatment, you will have an appointment to digitally scan you teeth for your aligners to be made. Frugé Orthodontics is happy to offer the iTero Impressionless Scanner in our office, which allows us to digitally capture the shape of your teeth for your aligners to be made without the use of a messy impression material. The iTero scanner gives us the ability to scan more accurately in a more comfortable, faster manner. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, with removal only to eat, brush and floss. Each set of aligners will cause your teeth to slowly shift until they have reached their desired position.
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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 Distalizer is used to move the upper molars backwards while moving the lower teeth forward. The combination of these two movements correct a moderate overbite in growing patients.
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.
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.
Space maintainers are used in cases when baby teeth are lost prematurely. They work by keeping the back permanent teeth from shifting forward which holds enough space for the remaining permanent teeth to grow in.
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.
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