Orthodontic Appliances

Top-Tier Orthodontic Care in Plano, TX

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Here at Curry Orthodontics in Plano, TX, it is our priority to provide state-of-the-art orthodontic care in both an individualizedand welcoming manner. Dr. Curry has been a leading orthodontist in the Plano area for many years and has a true passion for this field. We strive to continually upgrade our technology and provide the most advanced treatments for our patients, as they deserve nothing but the best. If you have questions about any of the appliances we utilize in our Plano office, we are here to answer them.

Orthodontic Appliances Commonly Used In Our Office

  • Palatal Expander: The Rapid Palatal Expander is attached to the upper molars through bonding or cemented bands and is commonly used to widen the upper jaw. When the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch, this appliance comes in extremely handy. 
  • Herbst: An extremely common problem treated by our orthodontic team is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude beyond the lower teeth. Usually this is due to the lower jaw sitting too far back. The Herbst appliance is helpful in  harmonizing the upper and lower jaw relationship. The Herbst often helps avoid the use of a headgear.
  • Forsus Corrector: The Forsus Corrector is a spring-activated appliance that is attached to the braces on each side of the mouth, and helps with the correction of upper teeth protrusion. In order to do this, this appliance moves the upper teeth back and the lower teeth forward. 
  • Tongue Thrust Appliance: When a person presses his or her tongue against the front teeth, tongue thrusting occurs. This thrusting movement usually happens when swallowing, speaking, or resting the tongue. If thrusting is consistent, it can cause problems with teeth alignment and will need to be fixed. The tongue thrusting appliance helps us correct tongue thrusting and is fixed behind the upper front teeth. 
  • Thumb/Finger Appliance: While thumb sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and young children, it should be addressed if it persists after the age of 3 or 4. This is because thumb sucking that continues after the baby teeth are lost can cause improper growth of the mouth as well as misalignment of the teeth. One solution for this is a fixed palatal crib. This appliance is placed behind the child’s upper front teeth and usually stops the thumb sucking habit within a few days.
  • Quad Helix: The quad helix is a fixed orthodontic appliance that we use for upper arch expansion. Bands are cemented to the back molars to keep the appliance in place while four helix springs are used to help widen the arch. This appliance is ideal for patients experiencing crowding in the upper arch or for patients who need a posterior crossbite corrected. 
  • Hygiene Reminder: It is very important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen while wearing any of our orthodontic appliances. We want to remind our patients to brush around and underneath the appliance, as well as floss and rinse thoroughly to help remove any food particles. 

Contact Our Plano, TX Office Today

Dr. Curry and the rest of our outstanding team are highly skilled, compassionate, friendly, and would love to have you come in for a preliminary visit. Please feel free to give our office a call at (972) 596-2917 or fill out an appointment request form online. You may find other helpful information such as our address and fax number on our contact page. Reach out today and your smile will thank you.