Dieguez Smiles utilizes many different types of orthodontic appliances. We have provided this page of information to help our patients understand their treatments and care for their appliances. Please call us at 205-980-4744 for more information on orthodontic appliances in Birmingham, Alabama, and schedule your appointment with Dr. Bertha Dieguez.
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Elastics, or rubber bands, helps to correct bites and improve the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Please wear your elastics as prescribed by our orthodontist.
The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative solution to headgear. It promotes growth, and helps to improve the fit of the teeth and eliminate overbites. The Forsus device may even prevent the need for jaw surgery!
Orthodontic headgear corrects overbites and underbites by gently pulling on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.
This orthodontic appliance helps to reduce overbite, encouraging the lower jaw to move forward, and the upper molars to move back. The Herbst appliance is used primarily by younger children and is a fixed appliance worn for 12-15 months.
Palatal expanders are provided to help widen your upper jaw. Please follow the instructions provided by our orthodontist when using your palatal expander.
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After your straightening treatment, our orthodontist will provide you with a retainer to help keep your teeth in their new, correct positions. Retainers may be removable or fixed. Please wear your retainer as directed to avoid shifting teeth.
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Separators, or spacers, are tiny, doughnut-like rubber bands that are placed between your teeth to push them apart. Separators are usually used in preparation for orthodontic bands. If you are wearing separators, be careful when flossing, using toothpicks, or eating sticky foods. They may disrupt your spacers.