Friday, August 15, 2014

Know Your Ortho Terms: Herbst

There are many different orthodontic appliances that can be used for treatment. Each problem can have several different types of treatment, it all depends on which appliance best suits you and your needs.

An overbite is a common condition where the front teeth overlap the lower teeth. Most people assume when you have an overbite braces are the only treatment available, however, the Herbst appliance has revolutionized the way orthodontist treat overbites.
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The Herbst is a hydraulic-like metal appliance that attaches to the upper and lower back molars. Pistons and bands are used to put pressure on the lower jaw, helping it grow forwards while the upper jaw moves backward. 
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This appliance may seem like it would hinder movement of the mouth, but it doesn’t enable your mouth from opening and closing. Designed to correct bites and also improve facial profiles, it combines two treatment phases by achieving skeletal and dental correction at the same time.

As a result the use of the Herbst the facial profile is noticeably changed, providing the patient with a healthier smile.

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