Types of Appliances

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.




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.

Distalizer Appliance

Creating a Corrected Bite Without Headgear

The Inman Power Component (IPC) is a Distalizer appliance - an orthodontic device developed to correct a bite without removing permanent teeth when teeth have erupted incorrectly. With an effect similar to headgear, but without the use of a bulky appliance, the device pushes upper teeth back to create a corrected bite prior to the addition of braces.

This appliance provides effective distal molar movement and limits mesial movement through the incorporation of a Nance button. The IPC extends through tubes to guide the maxillary first molars during distalization. Activation takes place by compressing the NiTi open coil springs against the molar tubes.

The Inman Power Component is low profile and extremely comfortable compared to other products available!

How It Works

The IPC compresses a coil spring with an easy to adjust unidirectional sliding lock. The lock can be advanced 1mm "click" at a time for accurate, predictable activation.

The Design

The IPC is low profile and extremely comfortable compared to other components available. Its lock moves in only one direction and will not back up.


The Forsus appliance is an effective and efficient appliance for the correction of Class II malocclusions. It works similar to elastics. The Forsus appliance is used in order to help move the upper molars back while moving the lower arch forward. Composed of a spring coil rod, the appliance is used while a patient is currently wearing braces. It runs from the upper first molar band down to the lower archwire.

The Forsus appliance works like elastics (rubber bands) but with more efficiency and effectiveness and without the need for patient compliance. Treatment time is often dramatically reduced, as well as a significantly reduced need for elastics wear.

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