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Herbst® Appliance for Complex Dental Malocclusions – Hartford County, CT

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Overview

At Rosenberg Orthodontics, our skilled dentists have years of experience in performing advanced orthodontics that correct the dentofacial structures. Rosenberg Orthodontics is pleased to provide the Herbst appliance. The process combines the Herbst device with orthodontics to correct severe malocclusion problems. If you have upper molars that protrude too much or a serious overbite, this appliance can be positioned to tackle these issues. As this method reshapes the teeth, conventional braces or dental aligners are generally utilized to direct the teeth at the same time. Receive more information about adding the Herbst device to your orthodontics during your consultation at one of our locations in Hartford County.

Best Candidates

A Herbst device is for individuals who have an extreme overbite, posterior crossbite, narrow arch, or upper jaw protrusion. The appliance is constructed from metal, acrylic, and springs. The Herbst device is usually suggested for younger patients since it helps protect their long-term health. Additionally, the aesthetic advantages are a substantial improvement when compared to headgear. A Herbst device is utilized together with conventional braces or removable, transparent aligners, such as Invisalign.

What To Expect

In your first appointment, our dental team will assess your jaw and teeth to find out whether you are a good candidate to receive a Herbst device, then an appointment to apply the device can be scheduled. Usually, the Herbst device is placed on the molars. This approach is normally very simple, but a local anesthetic might also be used to make sure you are comfortable throughout the application procedure. The Herbst device combined with an orthodontic treatment is successful as it moves the jaw and the teeth at the same time. The apparatus and orthodontics are often worn for 12 – 15 months. However, this timeframe can vary based on your specific goals and case.

Follow-Up

You might experience some mild soreness or tenderness in your gums following your treatment; however, in time, these symptoms will fade away. If you experience severe pain or tissue inflammation, you can make an appointment so we can correct the device. You should not attempt to correct the device by yourself as it may cause further damage or irritation to your mouth. From time to time, a very simple application or orthodontic wax is all that is necessary to alleviate the problem. You are also advised to eat soft food for the initial 1 – 2 weeks following your therapy. Our experienced team also suggests that you avoid hard candy and gum, in addition to sticky or hard food. The outcomes of the Herbst device are long-term since it improves your teeth and general jaw function.

Insurance Coverage

Insurance coverage will differ according to your policy and insurer; therefore, we'll get in touch with your insurance company to figure out your benefits and compute your remaining expenses. If you do not have insurance, then a member of our financial team can speak with you regarding the payments we take, such as medical financing.

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Herbst Orthodontic Appliance

For more information on the Herbst device and complementary orthodontic options, schedule an appointment with Rosenberg Orthodontics at one of our Hartford County facilities. Our team is happy to sit with you to create a treatment program that can greatly enhance your dental health.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.