Types of Appliances

Types of Appliances

Herbst Appliance


A very frequent orthodontic problem is an overbite, caused by a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be. The Herbst Appliance is an orthodontic device that actually promotes lower jaw growth. Patients see rapid results and enjoy the benefits of having straight teeth and a properly aligned jaw.

While it is still very easy for the mouth to open and close, the Herbst device prevents the lower jaw from moving backwards: cemented bands are used to attach the appliance to the back molars of the upper and lower jaw.

Lower Lingual Arch Wire

Lower Lingual Arch

A lower lingual archwire is commonly used as a space maintainer, as it maintains the position of the molars while adult teeth are erupting in the lower arch.

Nanace Appliance


The Nance is a fixed appliance commonly used to anchor the molars into their final position and prevent them from drifting after they have been moved by other appliances, in particular headgears. The Nance is positioned across the roof of the mouth with bands placed on the posterior two molars of the upper jaw. Wires are connected to the inside of the bands and an acrylic pad will be placed in the center of the wire that fits against the roof of the mouth. The Nance appliance is worn for several months while the other teeth are being moved to their correct position.

Thumb Finger Appliance to Stop Thumb Sucking

Thumb-Finger Appliance

Prolonged thumb sucking can have serious consequences on teeth alignment. The most popular method for discouraging thumb sucking is The Palatal Crib. Molar bands are attached to a small cage positioned behind the upper front teeth: this cage serves as an “obstacle” causing discomfort and reminding patients they shouldn’t place their finger/thumb in their mouth.


Temporary Anchorage Devices, or TAD’s, utilize minuscule anchors (6 to 10 mm) to facilitate teeth movement and may be used in addition to braces. Although they look like small screws, they’re made of titanium, a material that will not be rejected by the body or corrode the mouth. They rest on the gum and are designed to hold fast in bone and be compatible with the soft tissue through which they pass. Because of their firm position on the gum, TAD’s can be considered an alternative to headgear, and have therefore become a much more comfortable and discreet option for patients. As long as the gums are kept healthy, there are very few complications with these devices. They are easy to place and to remove.

Although they are a great option offering a lot of advantages, TAD’s are not the perfect or most appropriate solution for all patients. Contact us to find out if your case can be resolved with TAD’s.

Space Maintainers

Space maintainers help “hold space” for permanent teeth. Your child may need one if he or she loses a baby tooth prematurely, before the permanent tooth is ready to erupt. If a primary tooth is lost too early, adult teeth can erupt into the empty space instead of where they should be. When more adult teeth are ready to come into the mouth, there may not be enough room for them because of the lost space. To prevent this from happening, the dentist may recommend a space maintainer to hold open the space left by the missing tooth.

There are two types of space maintainers for children, removable and fixed.

1. Removable – removable maintainers are similar to orthodontic appliances and are usually made of acrylic. In some cases, an artificial tooth may be used to fill a space that must remain open for the unerupted tooth.

2. Fixed – there are four different kinds of fixed space maintainers: unilateral, crown and loop, distal shoe and lingual.

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