Types of Appliances

Types of Appliances - The Best Braces Southfield MI - types

You've started orthodontic treatment- we're excited to give you a perfect smile!

You probably heard a lot of new terms and are looking for more information. Here are the most common appliances we use to help create more space in your mouth, move teeth into their new positions, and keep teeth straight after treatment.

Beyond Braces:

Separators or Spacers

Separators are small rubber donuts placed between teeth to push them apart so orthodontic bands can be placed around your teeth at your next appointment. They are removed prior to placing the bands. You may feel some discomfort while your teeth move apart. Refrain from eating sticky foods and using toothpicks or dental floss. 

Elastics or Rubber Bands

Rubber bands are used to fine-tune the fit of your upper and lower teeth. When worn as instructed, they work efficiently to correct your bite.

Herbst ® Appliance

This is a fixed appliance used mostly for younger, growing children. It is worn for 12-15 months and reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward.

Palatal Expander

This appliance widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time the adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will teach you how and when to make the adjustments. Once the final adjustment is made, you will continue to wear it in place to solidify the expansion.


Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment plan. When worn as instructed, you should only need to wear this appliance about 4-8 weeks.


Retainers come 2 ways: fixed or removable. After your teeth have been straightened, they are used to hold your teeth in their new corrected positions. Your orthodontist will instruct you how to care for it and how long you will need to wear it for. Wearing it is crucial to prevent your teeth from moving back.

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