Appliances may become part of your orthodontic treatment plan along with braces and Invisalign®.

Dental Appliances, Calgary Orthodontics

What are orthodontic dental appliances?

To successfully complete your orthodontic treatment plan, patients must work together with the Orthodontist.

The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the elastics (rubber bands), headgear or other appliances as prescribed.

Review the list below for types of appliances that may be used during your treatment.


Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth.

Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed.

Reverse Pull Headgear

We use headgear to treat patients whose teeth are in an underbite (with the lower teeth forward of the upper teeth). Headgear gently encourages forward growth of the upper teeth and jaw.

Crossbow Appliance

The Crossbow Appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward.

This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 6 to 12 months.

Rapid Palatal Expander

The rapid palatal expander widens your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made.

Your Orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander.


Retainers at Icon Orthodontics are removable and made from clear translucent material.

They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your Orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear.

Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent maintenance of your treatment.

Carriere Motion Appliance

The Carriere Motion appliance is a clear bar placed on the upper teeth used with elastics to encourage bite correction and favorable jaw positioning during braces or Invisalign treatment.

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