More than straightening teeth, orthodontic treatment also aims to give you a better bite. The Forsus appliance is the latest technology in correcting Class II bite problems in which the lower teeth fit further behind the upper teeth.
In the past, Class II correction meant the use of headgear for several hours a day or wearing rubber bands consistently for many months. Other appliances also worked completely inside the mouth, but were bulky and had to be fabricated by an outside dental laboratory after impressions of your teeth were taken.
3M Unitek has developed the Forsus™ Fatigue Resistant Device to address this specific treatment need. The appliance consists of a metal spring and rod that connect to parts of your braces, hidden away by your cheeks and lips. Because the spring actively applies a light, continuous force, treatment goals can be achieved quickly and without the need for patient compliance with rubber bands or other external appliances. It only takes one appointment to install the 3M Forsus appliance and requires no special adjustments by the patient. The length of time the appliance is worn depends on the severity of the problem and varies on a case-by-case basis.
As with any orthodontic appliance, there are certain guidelines you will need to follow to keep it clean and functional. Please contact our Oviedo, FL orthodontic office at (407) 366-3300 with any questions you have regarding the Forsus fatigue resistant device.