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Appliances

You may have just been given an appliance or are curious about what will be involved with wearing an appliance if you should be given one by Dr Stuckey.  Click one of the appliances below to learn more about it and how to care for it.

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Facebow Headgear

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     Reverse-pull Headgear

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Elastics

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Herbst

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Palatal Expander

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Splint

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Fixed (Permanent) Retainer

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Hawley Retainer

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Essix Retainer

 Elastics (not an appliance, but still important!)

About Your Essix Retainer

essixAbout Your Essix Retainer

Always wear your retainer as Dr. Stuckey instructs you to prevent your teeth from shifting.  Following  these guidelines will help as you proceed with your treatment:

Unless otherwise instructed, your retainer should be worn at all times, except during mealtime and when you are brushing

 Never chew gum with your retainer in your mouth

Anytime your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in it’s retainer case

Never leave your retainer in a hot car or near a heat source, like a heater or stove, as it will melt, wrap, or distort

Never leave your retainer on a school tray or on a tray at a fast food restaurant, as it will inadvertently be thrown away

Keep your retainer away from all pets

To clean your retainer, you may soak it in a non-alcohol-based mouthwash for about an hour a day to give it a fresh, clean taste

You can also soak it in a denture cleaner, such as Efferdent or Retainer Brite, available OTC  from local pharmacies

Your retainer can also be cleaned by soaking it in a half and half solution of hydrogen peroxide and water.  Dip a cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and gently work the swab into the grooves of the retainer to clean and remove debris

Never boil your retainer. It is not heat-resistant

Your tooth relationships and your entire facial appearance will continue to improve over the next eighteen months to two years as nature assists us by adjusting to these corrected tooth positions

Please take care of your retainer because it is an expensive orthodontist appliance and there is a charge to replace any lost or broken retainers

If you experience any problems, lose, or break your retainer, call the office for an appointment as soon as possible. Do not attempt to adjust your retainer yourself

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Your Herbst Appliance

herbst Your Herbst Appliance

This appliance works by using telescoping metal sleeves and rods to hold your lower jaw forward to correct your overbite. In the next few months, your lower jaw will grow into the correct position, and your overbite will disappear.  Take care of your appliance and you will be amazed how quickly your jaw will change.

Here are a few things to expect:

The first few days you may have some tenderness in your jaw muscle.  You may have to eat a soft diet until you become accustomed to chewing in the new position and the tenderness goes away.

If soreness persists after a few days, call us.  We want you to be as comfortable as possible

You may have some irritation to the inside of your cheeks.  This is usually due to the extra fullness made by the heads of the screws.  Placing soft wax over these places will help while your mouth becomes adjusted

There will be an initial drooling response, which will decrease after about 24hrs

Swallowing may seem difficult at first, but it gets better

You may talk funny with the herbst at first. Reading aloud or spending time on the phone will solve this problem

If you open too wide, the little plunger attached to your lower jaw may slip out of the sleeve that is attached to your upper jaw. Should this happen, look in a mirror, open very wide slip the little rods or plunger into the tubes or sleeves of the upper part and close normally.

Tooth brushing with your Herbst appliance requires some extra time:  Brush thoroughly all around and remove all food trapped under the tubes. If you have one, use a water irrigator, such as a Water Pik, to rinse.  

Use a fluoride rinse each day. 

If you prefer, brush normally, rinse, then brush with fluoride gel. Don’t rinse after you finish brushing with fluoride gel.  

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About Your Hawley Retainer

hawleyAbout Your Hawley Retainer

Always wear your retainer as Dr. Stuckey instructs you in order to prevent your teeth from shifting.  It will be helpful to you to follow these guidelines as you proceed with your treatment:

Unless otherwise instructed, your retainer should be worn at all times, except during mealtime and when you are brushing

Never chew gum with your retainer in your mouth

Anytime your retainer is not in your mouth, it should be in it’s retainer case

Never leave your retainer on a school tray or on a tray at a fast food restaurant, as it will inadvertently be thrown away

Keep your retainer away from all pets

We recommend that you when you first start wearing your retatiner, you read aloud to yourself or talk on the phone to allow your tongue to accommodate to the retainer while speaking

For a retainer with a wire, when brushing your teeth, hold it in your hand and scrub it thoroughly with your toothbrush. Be certain also to brush the roof of your mouth lightly with your toothbrush

About once a week, you should soak your retainer in denture cleaner to keep it fresh and clean

Keep your retainer away from any heat source (dash of car, top of stove, boiling water, etc.)

Remember your retainer is an expensive orthodontic appliance. Take good care of it.  There is a charge to replace any lost or broken retainer

If it ever gives you any problem or is lost or broken, call the office immediately. If you have a problem with your retainer DO NOT attempt to adjust it on your own. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment

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Wearing Elastics

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Successful orthodontic treatment primarily depends on two things: constant pressure and time. Sometimes it takes added force to move teeth and jaws into their correct positions. Elastics, also called rubber bands, have the pull to make that happen. But they won’t work without you. To achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you’re working for, you must carefully follow your orthodontist’s instructions about placing and using your rubber bands.  At first, the elastics may cause your teeth to be tender.  That’s because your teeth are moving, which is the goal. Usually the tenderness lasts only a day or two.  Not wearing your rubber bands as instructed will only make the tenderness last longer, and make the tooth movement take more time. To get the best results from your rubber bands, remember:

You are responsible for placing the elastics on your braces every day. Be sure to wear them as instructed.

Always carry a few rubber bands with you, so if one breaks you can replace it right away. If your supply is low, call our office to get more.

If you happen to forget to wear your elastics one day, don’t double up the next – just follow your regular instructions.

Rubber bands get tired. When they lose their stretch, they don’t provide the proper pressure on your teeth and jaws. So it’s very important to change them as directed, even when they’re not broken. If you have any problems like elastics breaking frequently, a loose wire or band, or a hook that’s broken – call our office. Don’t wait until your next scheduled appointment. These problems should be corrected as soon as possible.

Remember, faithfully wearing your rubber bands, following all instructions and keeping appointments is the quickest, easiest way to achieve your goal of a healthy, beautiful smile.

Information provided by the American Association of Orthodontics.

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