SmilesForever Orthodontics

Brad Gilbert, DMD MS | Ron Parsons, DMD MSD
Adam Wells, DMD MS
Call Us: (770) 963-3963

Woman with braces

Dacula Office
3635 Braselton Hwy.
Suite A

Dacula, GA 30019
(678) 318-3180

Duluth Office
2148 Duluth Hwy.
Suite 101

Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 963-3963

Flowery Branch Office
6050 Spout Springs Road
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(678) 960-2600


Loganville Office
Opening 2015

Types of Appliances

elastics (rubber bands)

Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.


headgear

Headgear

Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an "underbite" with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.


herbst appliance

Herbst® Appliance

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


palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.


positioner

Positioners

Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks.


retainers

Retainers

Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.

Visit the retainers page to learn more on how to care for your retainer »


separator

Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.


ForsusŪ Appliance

The ForsusŪ appliance reduces overjet by moving the lower teeth forward and the upper teeth backward. The ForsusŪ appliance also encourages the lower jaw position to move in a forward direction. This non-removable appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is usually worn for about 9-12 months.


TADs (Temporary Anchorage Device)

A TAD is a miniature screw that we position in the mouth using a pain-free procedure to insert it through the gums and into the bone between the teeth. The TAD then serves as an anchor to move certain teeth in the most controlled and predictable way possible.

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