What is a Herbst Appliance?

This treatment will widen your child’s upper jaw and will bring the lower jaw forward.

What does it do?

The Herbst appliance help make room for permanent teeth to come in properly and create the ideal bite. This is most effective for ages 9-14, while your child is growing.



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Why does my child need this?

Early orthodontics can treat habits as well as problems such as crowded teeth, narrow or underdeveloped jaws, large or overdeveloped jaws, crossbites and overbites.

This appliance will help your child by creating space and:

  • Correcting the distance between the upper and lower jaw.
  • Helping reduce the risk of adult teeth getting stuck in the bone.
  • Reducing the need to have adult teeth removed later.
  • Lowering the chances of needing future orthodontic treatment or making future treatment simpler.


How does it work?

The appliance is glued to the teeth, so that it is working 24 hours per day. By turning the key at home, it widens the upper jaw while your child grows, guiding it in the right direction. Avoid hard and sticky food.


Note: This appliance takes about 1 week for kids to get used to it in their mouths.


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