are many methods that orthodontists may use to correct a particular problem.
your case we may decide that the Herbst appliance will help bring
your chin forward
improve your bite better than any other we could use. How does it work?
your lower jaw forward, three things will happen...
You immediately look better.
- Inasmuch as your face is still growing,
this position will help
speed the growth of your lower jaw.
- Your total treatment time will usually be
What may you expect now that you are wearing this
1.) The first few days you may have some
light tenderness of your jaw muscle.
2.) You may have
some irritation to the inside of your cheeks.
This is usually due to the extra fullness made by the heads of the screws.
3.) The screws
are necessary to allow the jaws to work up and down
freely so you may chew with as much ease as possible.
4.) Placing soft wax over these places will help. As your mouth becomes
accustomed to having the appliance in place twenty-four hours a day, you
may discontinue the wax.
5.) If soreness
persists after a few days, call us. We want you to be as comfortable
6.) During the
first few days you may have to eat a soft diet until you become
accustomed to chewing in the new position. Gradually you may go back to
your normal diet.
Now some precautions.
Please don't play with your new appliance. If you open too wide,
the little plunger attached to your jaw may
slip out of the sleeve that is attached to your
jaw. Should this
happen, look in a mirror, open very wide, slip the little rods or
plungers into the
tubes or sleeves of the upper part and close normally.
Toothbrushing with your Herbst appliance
requires some extra time.
- Brush thoroughly all around and leave no food
trapped under the tubes. If you
have a water
irrigator, such a Water Pik, rinse thoroughly once or twice a day.
- Rinse each day with a fluoride rinse.
If you prefer, brush normally, rinse, and then brush
a fluoride gel. Don't rinse after you finish this brushing. Take care of your appliance
and you will be amazed how quickly your jaws will change.