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What is an alternative to wearing a herbst appliance to fix an overbite?

What is an alternative to wearing a herbst appliance to fix an overbite?

Many: Depending on the cause (dental, skeletal, or both) of the vertical overbite and/or horizontal overjet, treatment alternatives for a 50 year old non-growing adult may require both fixed appliance/elastics and surgery. For a growing child/tween/teen there are many options including Herbst, Carrier, Forsus, springs in association with braces & elastics. Removable appliances are less effective. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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Can adult (age 20) correct overbite by functional appliances? For instance, herbst appliance

Can adult (age 20) correct overbite by functional appliances? For instance, herbst appliance

Yes: Yes appliance therapy can be used effectively in adults. All cases are different and need proper records for a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan. Other treatment may be needed depending on your situation including other appliances and braces. ...Read more

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My 8 year old daughter has been recommended the Herbst appliance but I am not sure this is the best route to take. What alternatives are there?

My 8 year old daughter has been recommended the Herbst appliance but I am not sure this is the best route to take. What alternatives are there?

Dental fixation : The Herbst appliance is a dental device that is used on children to help the lower jaw develop in a forward direction. Herbst appliances correct overbites in young children before their mouths have fully developed. The devices are usually not used in adults or children older than 13 years due to reduced effectiveness. Lesser alternatives include traditional head gear, or Damon braces ...Read more

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What are the possilbe long term effects of a herbst appliance used in orthodontics? My stepdaugher had the herbst appliance and it seemed very invasive. Her mom had the braces put on her. Her dad and i were going with another treatment plan that was not a

What are the possilbe long term effects of a herbst appliance used in orthodontics? My stepdaugher had the herbst appliance and it seemed very invasive. Her mom had the braces put on her. Her dad and i were going with another treatment plan that was not a

Answer: : Answer: the herbst appliance is one type of orthopedic (as opposed to orthodontic) treatment appliance. These type of appliances are used in situations where the upper teeth are biting too far "forward" relative to the lower teeth. About 80% of the time that this type of bite problem exists it is the result of the lower jaw not growing far enough forward to allow the lower teeth to occlude (bite) in the proper position relative to the upper teeth. The purpose of an orthopedic appliance, like the herbst appliance, is to create change in the upper and lower jaw bone relationships, typically by helping the lower jaw bone grow to a more forward position relative to the upper jaw bone. As the lower jaw bone comes forward the teeth are carried with it and the biting discrepancy is resolved. The herbst appliance is one type of many orthopedic appliances which are used to encourage improvements in jaw bone growth and relationship. These appliances can be fixed/cemented, like the herbst or removable like a bionator appliance. There are many other specific appliances which are variations on both of these themes. The use of a headgear appliance in conjunction with braces is an attempt to accomplish the same goals as the herbst appliance (correcting the bite), however the orthopedic appliances tend to be a little more proactive in their ability to potentate forward lower jaw re-positioning through growth than the headgear. Usually the forward re-positioning of the lower jaw also has the advantage of improving the overall facial profile (giving the individual a "stronger" looking chin). The advantage to the herbst appliance is that it is cemented in place, so compliance in appliance wear is less a problem. The trade-off is that the herbst appliance is cemented in and the hygiene demands on the patient are significantly more than presented by a removable appliance such as the bionator. An additional problem with the herbst appliance is that it is fairly bulky and will intrude on the soft tissue inside the check - comfort can be a problem. Removable appliances such as the bionator are extremely comfortable to wear and, with a little effort learning to talk with it in, can be quite easy to acclimate to. With the bionator there is nothing cemented on the teeth so there are really no hygiene problems to deal with. An additional advantage to a removable appliance is that it can be removed for sports and other activities. However the bionator is removable and requires significant wear time, typically 20 hours per day, and thus requires excellent patient cooperation in it's use. For any orthopedic appliances, fixed or removable, the patient must be growing. If the patient has completed their growth time orthopedic appliances will not be effective. The only way to resolve jaw position/relationship problems in the non-growing individual is through jaw surgical procedures, usually referred to as orthognathic surgery. ...Read more

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What s the best diet for weight loss longterm?

What s the best diet for weight loss longterm?

Lifestyle: Study after study shows that short-term diets are not effective in maintaining weight loss. What you need is lifestyle changes and eat in a healthy way from now on. Fewer carbohydrates and fats along with increased reliance on vegetables will be very helpful. Activity is also important so a regular exercise program is recommended. Make healthy lifestyle changes and avoid the yo-yo dieting. ...Read more

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What s the best exercise for weight loss on the stomach and back area?

What s the best exercise for weight loss on the stomach and back area?

Any exercise : any exercise would work but remember you lose weight in kitchen and not in gym. Go on low carb diet. If you need specifics Please send an email to 2dr@ehacstl.com and request low carb diet ...Read more

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Quick efficient weight loss?

Quick efficient weight loss?

Just be sensible.: The real key to weight loss is to just watch the size of your portions at meals, eat healthy, and exercise regularly. There's no radical diet or exercise plan or pill that will magically give you meaningful and sustained weight loss. The ol' fashioned way is still be best way to lose weight for the long term. Two pounds per week is a prudent rate of loss. ...Read more

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How can I avoid weight loss?

How can I avoid weight loss?

See your doctor: While weight loss can be due to depression, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or medication or just not eating. If you are having unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. He can run tests to rule out most causes of weight loss. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more