We use several different types of appliances, aimed at obtaining the best outcome in the most efficient manner. Some of them are fixed (glued in place) and some are removable. These appliances include:

  • Headgear -- worn maximum hometime to resolve excess overjet (top teeth sticking out in front of the bottom teeth) in a growing patient
  • Forsus appliance -- Fixed springs attached to braces to resolve excess overjet
  • Quad Helix expander -- Fixed "spring loaded: expander used to correct a bilateral posterior crossbite; usually left in place for 4 to 6 months
  • AMEX (unilateral Maxillary Expander) -- Fixed "spring loaded" expander used to widen the maxillary arch on 1 side, correctinga unilateral posterior crossbite; also left in place for 4 to 6 months
  • Rapid Palatal Expander (RPE) -- Fixed screw used to expander the maxillary arch by using a key to turn a jack screw nightly
  • Removable Retainers -- Worn maximum hometime to move a few teeth, often for improved esthetics or to correct an anterior crossbite
  • Reverse Facemask -- Typically used for 12 months to improve an underbite relationship (lower jaw sticking out further than the upper jaw); Often used in conjunction with an RPE
  • Lower Lingual Arch -- Placed before the primary (baby) 2nd molars fall out to save Leeway spce, resulting in less crowding and more final stability in the permanent dentition
  • Habit/Tongue Crib -- placed to help a child break a thumb/finger sucking habit or tongue thrust; Can often result in the closing of an anterior open bite (when the front teeth do not overlap)
  • Space Regainer/Maintainer -- fixed appliance used to regain or prevent the loss of space due to the early loss of a primary (baby) tooth, allowing the eruption of the permanent tooth to occur

Both Dr. Vogt and Dr. Ellerhorst would be happy to further explain any of these appliances or their uses.