Adjuncts and Accessory Appliances
These next appliances help with movements the brackets alone can’t accomplish. These tend to be more case specific and are used in conjunction, or at the same time, as the braces. They may be found in the roof of the mouth as in the case of an expander, habit appliance, or bite plate, OR, they may be external to the mouth as in the case of the headgear or the facemask. They may be utilized for certain types of tooth movement or for growth modification where applicable in a growing child.
These appliances are springs that are placed on the sides of the mouth. Generally, they are used after rubber bands have proven ineffective either because the bands are not strong enough or the patient is finding it difficult to wear their rubber bands correctly. The rubber bands are our first choice because they are smaller, but the forsus is extremely effective.