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Forsus Appliance

Have you ever wished there were a way to correct your child’s overbite issues easily? Well, the Forsus appliance can help to do just that. It is an innovative device that makes it easier for both patients and parents alike to get ideal overbite correction. This appliance has revolutionized how orthodontists approach complex cases – making them less reliant on patient compliance than traditional methods.

What exactly is the Forsus Appliance and how can it help?

The Forsus appliance is a groundbreaking tool in the field of orthodontics. Developed by Dr. John Graetz, this device works as a spring-based system which applies constant force over time with minimal patient discomfort or interference. By using this method, orthodontists can move teeth into their ideal bite relationship efficiently and safely without having to resort to more invasive treatments such jaw surgery.

Forsus™ Appliance by 3M™
Forsus™ Appliance by 3M™

What Does a Forsus Appliance Do?

A Forsus appliance is a fixed device used to correct Class II malocclusion (horizontal overbite). Usually worn for around 6-8 months, patients can realign their teeth into proper bite position, as well as improve facial appearance and function.

The device consists of two metal arms connected at one end with an elastic coil spring providing constant force throughout treatment. This results in more efficient movement of teeth than with compliance based methods like elastics or headgear.

Different Types of Forsus Appliance

There are several types of Forsus appliance designs and they have evolved and improved over time.

The first type is the traditional spring-loaded version called an FRD (Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device). This type consists of two arms connected by a coil spring which helps provide constant force on the teeth throughout treatment.

The second type is known as a TRD (Titanium Rod Distalizer), which uses titanium rods instead of springs to offer more flexibility than the original model.

Lastly, there’s also an EZ2 appliance that combines both versions into one unit for ease of use.

No matter the version, it can help make a child’s orthodontic journey comfortable and efficient. Each iteration offer its own unique advantages over other overbite correction devices and comes with instructions from Burke & Redford Orthodontists about how to properly care for it during treatment.

By following these steps and making sure to keep up with regular adjustments, you can ensure successful results from your orthodontic experience.

Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Appliance by 3M™
Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Appliance by 3M™

Forsus Appliance Versus Elastics

The Forsus appliance and elastics are two common treatment methods used to correct malocclusions or misalignments of the teeth. Both treatments involve the application of orthodontic forces on a patient’s jaws and teeth, which over time move them into a more ideal position.

But there are key differences between the two that must be considered when deciding which one is best for an individual patient’s needs.

The Forsus appliance works by using a spring-loaded rod attached from a bracket on the upper jaw to the wire on the lower jaw. This continuous pressure helps shift the lower teeth forward relative to the upper jaw, correcting overbites. It can also be used as “anchorage” to help close missing tooth sites in certain cases.

Elastic bands work by attaching each end of an elastic band to brackets affixed to different parts of the mouth. When pulled taut, they create tension that gradually moves teeth into their desired positions. Elastics can be used alone or in combination with other types of braces and appliances depending on what type of movement needs to occur in order to achieve proper alignment.

Both appliances offer distinct advantages and disadvantages depending on your particular situation, so it is important to discuss these options with Dr. Redford or Dr. Burke before making any decisions about which treatment option will be most effective.

Eating With Forsus Appliance

Eating might seem like an odd topic when discussing orthodontic appliances but it is important for patients to understand what changes are needed in their diet and lifestyle.

When using a Forsus appliance (as with braces), avoiding sticky or hard foods such as candy bars, peanuts, and popcorn is critical. Patients should also avoid biting into hard items such as apples and carrots, since this can damage the appliance.

In addition, eating more soft foods is recommended since these do not require much chewing effort or wear and tear on the appliance. Finally, cutting food into smaller pieces before eating helps prevent damage to both teeth and braces/appliances.

By following these guidelines, patients can ensure their Forsus appliance works effectively while still enjoying meals throughout treatment.

Foods to Avoid with the Forsus Appliance
Foods to Avoid with the Forsus™ Appliance

Forsus Appliance Treatment Time

The Forsus appliance is a device used to correct malocclusion, or misalignment of the teeth. The appliance works by applying continuous pressure over time to gradually move the upper and lower jaw into proper alignment. The Forsus appliance is usually in place between 6-8 months of the total treatment time (average time for comprehensive treatment is 18-22 months), though some cases may require shorter or longer times with the Forsus, depending on severity.

During this period, patients should receive regular orthodontic checkups every 6-8 weeks in order to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments. During each appointment, our doctors will adjust the Forsus as needed for optimal results from the appliance.

Patients may experience occasional slight discomfort caused by the force being applied to their teeth; however, this is usually for only a few days after placement and it can be managed through over-the-counter analgesics. Discuss this with our orthodontists first.

Is The Forsus Appliance Removable?

The Forsus appliance is not removable, which is one of its advantages over elastics (in patients who are non-compliant with wearing elastics as instructed). This ensures that constant, gentle forces are applied to move the teeth into an ideal bite relationship in an efficient way.

Burke & Redford Orthodontists Recommendation

Burke & Redford Orthodontists is a trusted orthodontic practice in the Inland Empire over the past 30 years, and they recommend using a Forsus appliance in the right situations.

If parents are looking for an effective solution for correcting your child’s overjet or overbite, then look no further than a Forsus appliance.

Find out if your child or teenager is a good candidate for the use of a Forsus appliance by scheduling a free orthodontic consultation in our Temecula or Lake Elsinore office in Riverside County, California. Call (951) 699-8011 during business hours or request a consultation through our website anytime.

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