Orthodontic Appliances

Willow Glen Dental Specialists

Periodontists & Endodontists located in San Jose, CA

Orthodontic appliances are no longer limited to headgear and retainers. The experienced team at Willow Glen Dental Specialists offers a variety of orthodontic appliances at their office in San Jose, California. From braces to elastic bands and custom-made mouthguards, Willow Glen Dental Specialists has the right treatment to enhance your smile. To learn more, call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or schedule an appointment online today.

Orthodontic Appliances Q & A

What are orthodontic appliances?

Orthodontic appliances are devices that treat orthodontic conditions, such as crooked teeth or an overbite. They shift your teeth and jaw into the correct position. When your teeth and jaw are aligned, they function better and feel more comfortable. 

Teeth that function properly are also less susceptible to damage and decay, including:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Periodontal disease
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Worn teeth

Investing in an orthodontic appliance now can help you avoid costly and time-consuming restorative treatments later in life.

What can orthodontic appliances treat?

The team at Willow Glen Dental Specialists may recommend an orthodontic appliance if you have:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth

To determine which type of orthodontic appliance is right for you, the team performs a full dental evaluation that includes digital X-rays and other imaging tests.

Are there different types of orthodontic appliances?

The most common types of orthodontic appliances include:

Elastic bands

If you have braces, the team may also recommend wearing elastic bands. These bands work in conjunction with your braces. While your braces gradually shift your teeth into the correct position, the elastics pull your jaw into alignment.


Headgear specifically treats overbites and underbites. Having an overbite means your top teeth overlap over your bottom teeth. If you have an underbite, your bottom teeth overlap over your top teeth. As the name implies, headgear fits over your head. It connects to braces, hooks, or bands to gently bring your jaw into proper alignment.

Palatal expander

A palatal expander is an orthodontic device that gently pushes your upper molars outward to expand your mouth. Each time the team at Willow Glen Dental Specialists makes an adjustment, the palatal expander moves your molars slightly.


A retainer is an appliance that you typically wear after removing your braces. It holds your teeth in the correct position so they stay straight and aligned. Retainers can be removable or fixed. After evaluating your smile, the team can determine which type of retainer is right for you.

Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Device

The Forsus Fatigue Resistant Device is a modern improvement in headgear. Rather than wrapping around your head, this appliance connects to your braces and prevents excessive overbites or underbites.

To learn more about orthodontic appliances, call Willow Glen Dental Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.