Types of Appliances

We provide different types of orthodontic appliances to help our patients achieve the greatest results! See what these appliances can do for your smile.

Braces Rubber Bands

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) helps align your upper and lower teeth/jaws. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they’re worn as prescribed.

Forsus™ Appliance

The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is an alternative to headgear. The Forsus springs on either side of the device promote healthy development in adolescents, by pushing the upper jaw backward and the lower jaw forward to treat excessive overbites and improve the fit of teeth. This appliance can potentially prevent the need for jaw surgery in the future.
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Palatal Expander

The palatal expander “expands” (or widens) the upper jaw by applying gentle, outward pressure on the upper molars. Your orthodontist will place your appliance in your mouth, pre-expanded. You will wear the appliance for approximately 4-6 months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.
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Fixed Retainers & Removable Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed, colored or clear. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will recommend the best retainer for your teeth and instruct you on how to care for your retainer and the duration of wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent your teeth from relapsing.

Orthodontic Spacers or Separators

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.

Have questions about the different types of orthodontic appliances?

We’re here to answer your questions, and we want you to know your options! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at any time. Our main goal is to provide you with the most innovative options available, and we believe patient education is essential for helping you achieve the greatest results.

Dr. Insoft, Dr. Hurst and our experienced team are here to help guide you throughout your treatment process, from your first visit to your last visit.

Ready to begin your smile transformation process? Let’s get started with your complimentary exam at one of our convenient Seminole or St. Petersburg locations!