Among other technologies, the new smaller and improved Advansync Herbst appliance has revolutionized the way Dr. Thomas treats bites with Protruding upper teeth. Advansync is comfortable, eliminates the use of head gear, and is highly effective without the need for patient compliance or help. Far fewer appointments are also required with this compared to head gear.
The device is attached to the back molars on both sides of the upper and lower jaws and looks like a shock absorber. The appliance does not interfere with the opening and closing of the mouth, so eating is not a problem. Orthodontic braces are placed on the teeth at the same time to efficiently straighten them at the same time the bite is being corrected. This is the only technique for correcting these severe bites that does everything at the same time – thus reducing total treatment time to typically less than 2 total years.
A Herbst appliance is usually worn for around 12 months. Right after your teen begins wearing the appliance, they may experience some tenderness and soreness to the teeth, cheeks and jaw. This is normal and should disappear within a week.
To help your teen get used to their new Herbst appliance quickly and make them comfortable while they adjust, it is a good idea to have soft foods for them to eat. They can also rinse with warm salt water to relieve pain and tenderness. Your teen can also cover parts of the appliance with dental wax if it is causing soreness or pain.
It is a good idea for patients with the herbst appliance to avoid popcorn, sticky and hard candies, ice, gum and nuts to keep from damaging the appliance. It is also important that you encourage your teen to brush their teeth thoroughly at least twice a day, to make sure that no food is trapped around the appliance.
The Herbst appliance is indispensable in correcting your child’s overbite. With proper care and use, you and your teen will see rapid results and begin to feel the benefits of having straight teeth and an aligned jaw. Remember, Dr. Thomas is best qualified to evaluate your child’s teeth, so speak with him if you think your teen may need dental braces or a Herbst appliance.