Orthodontic Appliances

Your smile is unique—just like you! When you visit us for your complimentary consultation, one of our experienced orthodontists will examine your condition and discuss your symptoms to determine the best treatment route for your individual case.

Your treatment plan will be 100% personalized to you and your needs, and may include any of the following orthodontic appliances to improve the efficiency of your treatment.

MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance)

A Mara appliance is used to correct overbites by shifting the lower jaw forward and the upper jaw backward.

The Mara appliance is generally used for younger patients with growing mouths and can be used with or without braces (although most often this appliance is used with braces). 

The Mara appliance is anchored around the molars, applying pressure to the jaw bones to bring the front teeth together in a healthy alignment. This appliance promotes proper development by encouraging forward growth of the lower jaw.

Carriere Motion Appliance

The Carriere Motion Appliance is used to treat a misalignment in the back teeth. This appliance is attached to the canine tooth and the first molar on the outside surfaces of the top and bottom teeth. 

With this appliance, an elastic is secured from the top teeth to the bottom teeth to apply gentle pressure to the jaw bones. Over time, this appliance will reposition the jaw bones to create an alignment between the upper jaw bone and the lower bone.

TAD (Temporary Anchorage Device)

Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, use small titanium anchors to achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. These tiny appliances can be used with braces, Invisalign®, or as an alternative to headgear.

TADs are anchored into the jaw bone, then attached to individual teeth or braces to improve the efficiency of the tooth and jaw movements.

Palatal Expander

A palatal expander is a common appliance used for children whose teeth and jaw bones are still developing. This appliance has a metal center that expands when ‘activated’. The patient will have a special key that can be inserted into the center of the palatal expander to activate it once a day (or as instructed by your orthodontist).

Each time the center expander is activated, it widens the jaw bone little by little. Palatal expanders are commonly used to treat narrow palates or narrow jaw bones, enabling the patient’s permanent teeth to grow in a healthy alignment without crowding or airway obstruction.

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Elastics are tiny rubber band appliances used with braces or Invisalign® treatment. These are very common and are effective for aligning the teeth and/or jaw bones to treat malocclusions (underbites, overbites, crossbite and openbites). 

A rubber band is attached to the top dental arch and bottom dental arch to apply persistent pressure to the jaw bones to create a healthy alignment. If you require rubber bands, your orthodontist (Dr. Scarborough or Dr. Loflin) will tell you how to wear these, where to attach them and how frequently to wear them.

Separators or Spacers

Spacers, or separators, are small rubber circles used to create space between teeth. Braces and other appliances sometimes have metal bands that are placed around the molars to hold the archwire in place. In cases where the molars are too close together to allow these metal bands to be placed, separators may be used.

Separators are temporary appliances that are only worn for about one to two weeks before treatment with braces or other appliances begins.

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