» Orthodontic Appliances
Orthodontic Appliances a device, either fixed to
the teeth or removable, that applies force to the teeth and their supporting
structures to produce changes in their relationship to each other and to
control their growth and development. Anything your orthodontist attaches to
your teeth that moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.
Bio Functinal Appliances
Functional appliances all have a similar purpose:
to help your jaws develop normally, and help you achieve facial balance.
Twin Block :- The Twin Block appliance is used to help a receded jaw
grow forward and skinny or narrow jaws grow wider to help you keep all of
your permanent teeth. If you have an overbite (buck teeth), it's usually
caused by your lower jaw not growing out enough; on the other hand, crowded
teeth most frequently mean that your jaw did not grow wide enough. These are
the cases in which Dr. Faubl may recommend a Twin Block - sometimes adding a
few braces and wires to help give your appliance a head start.
Rick-a-nator :- If your teeth aren't crowded, however, but your jaw
is receded, Dr. Faubl may recommend the Rick-a-nator appliance. And it may
be that your course of treatment will require one appliance at one time in
the process and another one at another time. The important thing to remember
is that these appliances can give you a really NICE face - a face that looks
much more "balanced," with a normal jaw line and a pleasing smile.
Frankel Appliances :- The Frankel appliances are removable designs
invented by Professor Rolf Frankel. The Frankel philosophy uses the
vestibules to enhance favorable growth in developing dentition and restrict
undesireable muscle forces. Thus, the Frankel appliance is reported to
provide an ideal environment for maximum arch development and
proper skeletal jaw relationship.
Bionator :- The Bionator is a removable appliance used to help
correct an overbite by promoting lower jaw growth. In cases
where it is appropriate to use this appliance, it will be part of the
beginning phase of orthodontic treatment. Since a Bionator is primarily an
orthopedic appliance, which influences the growth of bone, the appliance
should be used during a period of maximum growth. Generally, the younger the
patient's age when it is used, the more change observed over a period of
growth. If the patient doesn't grow during use of the Bionator, only changes
in tooth position will be seen. When a patient reaches the stage we call
skeletal maturity, this appliance is no longer effective at influencing jaw