Growth modification is necessary when the patient has unbalanced growth between the upper and lower jaws. This type of treatment can only be done for patients who are still growing. Below are some of the growth modification appliances frequently used in our office:
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 lower jaw growth in adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive space between upper and lower teeth, improve the fit of teeth together, and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery.
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.
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.
The Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance (MARA) is suitable for treating class II malocclusions, which are characterized by protrusion of the upper front teeth and/or retrusion of the lower jaw. This appliance is used to encourage forward growth of the lower jaw.
Carriere Motion Appliance
The Carriere Distalizer is an orthodontic device that is also used to correct Class II malocclusions. With an effect similar to headgear, but without the use of a bulky appliance, the Carriere Distalizer pushes upper teeth back and brings the lower jaw forward.
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