The Herbst appliance is used to treat a condition in which the upper teeth protrude due to the lower jaw being further back due to a delay in growth. The Herbst appliance prevents the lower jaw from moving backward while allowing opening and closing movement to occur easily. Patients typically do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.
There are certain foods that have to be avoided while wearing the Herbst appliance such as ice slushes, Popsicles and ice as they will freeze the cement and make the brace loosen. Sticky foods such as caramels, bubble gum, and candy suckers will pull the brace away from the teeth. Hard foods like crisp vegetables and hard candies will bend and loosen the Herbst appliance, too.
Your treatment plan with the Herbst appliance will include check-up and adjustment appointments. If you develop sore areas inside your cheeks between appointments, please give us a call rather than attempting any adjustments on your own.
Wearing an Herbst Appliance
At the beginning stages of wearing your Herbst appliance, your mouth will feel unusually full and speaking will be awkward. But don’t worry, you can return your regular speech pattern by reading aloud.