Smile created by Dr. Hutto.
Portraits taken by Shawn Hodges.
One of the most common problems orthodontics treats is the discrepency that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower. Ordinarily, when we see a patient with upper teeth protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward; but, more often than not, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to catch up in growth, and braces like the Herbst appliance help this happen.
Even though the Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward, opening and closing movement still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.
As with all kinds of braces, patient with Herbst appliances need to be careful about what they eat. For instance, chewing on ice will crack the cement and make the appliance loosen. Sticky foods such as caramels, bubble gum, and candy suckers will pull the brace away from the teeth. Hard candies will bend and loosen the Herbst appliance, too. So stay away from these foods during your orthodontics treatment.
Your Herbst appliance will be checked and adjusted at your appointments. If, sometimes between appointments, you develop some sore areas on the inside of your cheeks, please do not try to adjust the appliance yourself. Call for an appointment so that the Dr. Hutto can make the neccessary adjustments.
At first, your mouth will feel unusually full and speaking will be awkward. But if you practice reading aloud, your ordinary speech will return quickly.
Dr. Hutto will monitor the efficacy and condition of the Herbst appliance with regular appointments.
At Hutto Orthodontics, we want to enhance the smiles of children, teenagers, and adults with expert orthodontics. Dr. Hutto’s Henderson office also proudly serves Tyler, Nacogdoches, Jacksonville, and Carthage; and our Kilgore office welcomes patients from Longview, Hallsville, Gladewater, and Marshall. Call our Kilgore or Henderson, TX offices today to schedule an appointment, and we’ll give you and your family a reason to smile!
Smile gallery created by Dr. Hutto. Portraits taken by Shelley Mraz.