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What is an Orthodontic Herbst Appliance

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There are always new devices and advancements in the field of orthodontics. One treatment option you may not have heard of is the Herbst appliance. This appliance isn’t new (it’s been around since 1900!), but it is being used much more frequently now than it ever was before.

Herbst Appliance for Orthodontics

Most people are familiar with the headgear used in orthodontic treatment. These days an Herbst appliance can be used in place of headgear, eliminating problems with patient compliance. This is especially helpful in younger children who have difficulty keeping headgear on.

There are many benefits of an Herbst appliance, including:

  • Increased patient compliance
  • Better range of motion when compared to headgear
  • Fewer problems with speech
  • Easier and more comfortable to wear

What to Expect with an Herbst Appliance

An Herbst appliance is attached to the molars by a series of bands. Telescoping arms are connected to the outside of the upper and lower bands, ensuring that the appliance is held firmly in the mouth. Once the Herbst appliance is put in place, it will get to work correcting the patient’s bite pattern!

Caring for this appliance is as easy as practicing your regular oral hygiene routine! This routine should include proper brushing and flossing techniques, using mouthwash, avoiding sticky foods, and visiting your orthodontist for your regular appointments.

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