Treatment & Care
Muscle Tenderness – When the patient first gets his or her Herbst appliance, there may be some overall muscle tenderness and soreness of the teeth. As the patients’ mouth adapts to the appliance, the soreness should fade.
Tissue Irritation – Because the Herbst appliance is metal, it may cause some slight tissue irritation, especially on the lower gums. It will take time for the patients’ mouth to adapt. Until it does, dental wax can help to ease the irritation.
Diet – Eating softer food will help with any muscle soreness, especially after the first week or two after getting the appliance. It is also important to eliminate sticky foods, like candy and gum, or hard, crunchy food, which can damage the appliance and lengthen treatment time.
- Wire: American Orthodontics Chromium Cobalt
- Herbst Hardware: TP Orthodontics Flip Lock Hardware
- Shims: AO (2)1mm and (2) 2mm crimp-able advancement shims
Attachment and Band options:
- AO Rollo Bands or Leone Crowns
- AO .022 Slot w/ Hook
- AO Double Slot w/ Hook