Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves your bite or 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 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 the desired expansion is achieved, you will continue wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
Headgear is used to treat young patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
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.
Retainers may be used as an alternative to braces for some minor issues, or to hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after they have been straightened with braces. There are different retainer varieties, and may be removable or fixed. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainers and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainers as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.