Types of Appliances

Carriere® Motion Appliance

The Carriere® Motion Appliance aids in aligning the teeth prior to starting braces or aligners. 


elastics (rubber bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.


palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.



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



Separators or Spacers

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.


Froggy Mouth Appliance

Froggy Mouth Appliance is used to re-train individuals who have a tongue thrust. A tongue thrust is when your tongue pushes against the teeth when swallowing or speaking. This appliance is to be worn 15-30 minutes daily for a minimum of one month. The orthodontist will provide more instructions on how to use this appliance. 

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