The Herbst® appliance is a fixed orthodontic appliance used to correct overbites by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. Here are some key points to know about the Herbst® appliance:
How does it work?
The Herbst® appliance uses a piston-like mechanism to gently move the lower jaw forward while simultaneously shifting the upper molars backward.
Who is a good candidate for the Herbst® appliance?
The Herbst® appliance is typically used for younger, growing children with a significant overbite that must be corrected.
How long will I need to wear the Herbst® appliance?
The length of time you will need to wear the Herbst® appliance depends on your individual needs and treatment plan, but it typically lasts 12-15 months.
How will the Herbst® appliance feel?
The Herbst® appliance may initially feel uncomfortable or strange, but most patients adjust to it within a few days.
How do I care for the Herbst® appliance?
It is important to keep the Herbst® appliance clean by brushing and flossing regularly and avoiding hard or sticky foods that could damage the appliance.