Appliances


Hayrake

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The Hayrake is a fixed appliance designed to discourage thumb sucking by adding spurs to a metal crib placed in the anterior portion of the palate.

Blue Grass

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The Blue Grass appliance is designed to prevent the patient from sucking their thumb or tongue thrusting. This fixed appliance uses a spinning roller to help break the patient’s habit and allow the anterior teeth to return to their normal position.

Palatal Crib

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The Palatal Crib is designed to reduce the comfort of thumb sucking by placing a metal crib over the most anterior portion of the palate, preventing the thumb from resting along or contacting the palate.

Rapid Palatal Expander

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The use of an Rapid Palatal Expander is the most commonly used form of transverse arch development and can be fabricated by using either a 2 or 4 band design. The screw variations come in a variety of sizes, depending on the desired amount of expansion needed, and configurations, either 2 or 4 arms.

TADs – Temporary Anchorage Devices

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A Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) is a miniature screw that we position in the mouth. It serves as an anchor for moving specific teeth. TADs are made of a sterile medical-grade titanium alloy. They can be used in the place of some “outside the mouth” appliances (e.g. Headgear), and allow us to treat bite problems that were nearly impossible (or required surgery) before this technique was refined. TADs also allow us to treat some cases better and faster than ever before. TADs are truly revolutionizing orthodontic treatment.

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Soft-Tissue Laser Treatment

Our practice offers diode soft-tissue laser treatment to painlessly remove gum tissue. It is primarily used to uncover teeth that are partially or fully impacted, thus allowing a bracket or band to be placed and treatment to be expedited. This procedure is also known as a canine (cuspid) exposure. In the past, patients would have to be referred to the oral surgeon to perform the canine exposure with a scalpel blade, however, with the precision of the soft-tissue laser we can remove excess gum tissue without any bleeding and shots rarely have to be given.

The laser works by emitting concentrated energy in the form of a light beam. This beam vaporizes matter. The dental laser delivers a narrow beam which vaporizes only a specific number of cell layers that are contacted by the laser beam. This gives the operator precise control over the laser. The dental laser has the advantage of not creating unwanted surgical effects. The laser stops bleeding,and seals nerve endings, and greatly reduces the post-operative inflammation and associated discomfort.

The procedure consists of placing a topical anesthetic (numbing gel), rinsing and drying the tissue, and then painlessly removing the unwanted gum tissue. The edges of the treated tissue return to a normal appearance in a couple of days.

Herbst

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The Herbst appliance is the most commonly used fixed Class II appliance available and can be designed for either mixed or permanent dentitions. Mechanism options include the AdvanSync Molar to Molar, MiniScope, HTH, FlipLock and the traditional rod and tube and can be combined with any variation of framework or Crown/Band options.