Types of Appliances

Dr. Phelps & Cohen | Dr. Orthodontics

San Jose, CA


Types of Appliances

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 they work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.

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 the further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

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


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.


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 four to eight weeks.

Retainers


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

Separators or spacers


Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so 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

Working Hours

MONDAY : 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY : 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

THURSDAY : 8:30 am - 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*1st Friday of each month: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

*3rd Friday of each month: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1 pm – 4:30 pm

*2nd Saturday of each month: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

*These dates are subject to change due to holidays and doctor availability.


Contact Details

Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics

2075 Forest Avenue, Ste. #2, San Jose, CA, 95128

4082983433 | 408-298-6304 | [email protected]

Working Hours

*1st Friday of each month: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

*3rd Saturday of each month: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

*These dates are subject to change due to holidays and doctor availability.


Contact Details

Phelps & Cohen Orthodontics

3151 S White Road, Ste #104, San Jose, CA 95148

408-298-3433 | 408-298-6304 | [email protected]