Childers Orthodontics transforms crooked teeth into beautiful smiles. Orthodontics uses several types of appliances to ensure patients receive good results from the treatment. Learn more about appliances to discover how they can help improve your smile.


Elastics are a common appliance used on patients with braces. These rubber bands hold the wire in place. They also move teeth in specific directions to correct overbite problems. It’s important to follow the instructions of the orthodontics when wearing elastics. Rubber bands are usually worn 24 hours a day with the exception of eating and brushing your teeth.

herbst-telescopic-applianceHerbst Appliance

A Herbst appliance is used when patients have an overbite problem. This procedure is usually used on young children. The overbite is corrected when the lower jaw is pushed forward and the upper molars are pushed backwards. Patients can expect to wear a Herbst appliance for 12 to 15 months.

Palatal Expander

Another appliance used to help the upper and bottom teeth fit together are palatal expanders. This procedure is performed by widening the upper jaw. Patients might be required to periodically adjust the expander. Palatal expanders are usually worn for a few months.


Types of Appliances - Retainers

Retainers are an orthodontic appliance used after the teeth have been straightened. These appliances are made of wire and plastic. Patients have the option to choose a fixed or removable retainer. Retainers keep your teeth from shifting after orthodontic treatment has been completed.

Separators or Spacers

Separators are spacers placed between the teeth to make room for orthodontic bands. These appliances are small rubber doughnuts that will be removed before the bands are placed in the mouth. Patients should avoid sticky food, toothpicks, and floss when they wear separators.

Patients can seek orthodontic treatment to improve the quality of their smile. Although teeth are mostly straightened by braces, appliances are needed to complete the treatment. Contact Childers Orthodontics today by telephone: 618-438-2815 or visit our office pages, Benton, Harrisburg, or Herrin to schedule your appointment.

Types of Appliances