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.
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.
Protraction facemasks are used to improve the forward growth of the upper jaw structure in a growing child. This appliance applies gentle pressure is typically worn for 12-18 months, 10 hours per day while sleeping.
Retainers may be removable or fixed, clear or colored. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. The Baker Orthodontics Team 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.
These aligners will typically be worn for two weeks at a time before moving onto the next aligner. You'll visit us about every six weeks to check the aligner fit, progress of tooth movement, and answer any questions you may have before moving onto the next set of aligners. Treatment times are about 12-24 months.
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.