If you had braces, it is likely that you have heard the term elastics (rubber bands). You probably had to wear them! Does this conjure up some fond memories for you? Memories of your parents yelling at you to put them on. Memories of your disappointed orthodontist. Memories of flinging these little rubber bands across the classroom at your friends! I know there are a few of you that are the exception but for most there is typically a cycle to your orthodontic experience that goes something like this.
Listen folks! I’m tired of these mini life crises. Luckily, they rarely happen these days. That is in thanks to the technology that we have implemented as well as our treatment strategies. One of these examples in particular has been the implementation of the Motion Appliance. I am going to go in depth about the Motion Appliance in this article but let me summarize its benefits. Imagine that orthodontic cycle that I just walked you through and just take a breather. Imagine now that instead of your orthodontist telling you to start wearing your rubber bands after you have already had your braces on for 12-18 months that he/she tells you that you are nearly done! That your braces are coming off early! Imagine if you wore elastics at the very beginning of treatment and got all of the heavy lifting done in the first 6 months. What if you got to wear rubber bands before braces were even placed and you were super excited about it?! And….you were still excited to get your braces on so you wore your rubber bands really well so you can get your braces on sooner! “I know, Dr Wesley, let’s calm it down for a second here.” It is exciting and these are just some of the reasons that I find a lot of success with the Motion Appliance.
It allows me to fulfill my ultimate goal of providing you with an outstanding experience at Lifetime Orthodontics.
The Motion Appliance is an appliance used to correct a “Class II Malocclusion” (There is a Class III version that I will touch on as well). It is an awesome appliance and we have seen tremendous success with it with the patient’s in our practice. It corrects a “Class II Malocclusion” by dentoalveolar tooth movement (it moves teeth through bone, opposed to moving the bone/jaws themselves). It corrects this by 4 distinct means of movement.
There is debate as to whether the Motion has any skeletal changes (changes in the relationship of the jaws). I do believe that improving the way that the teeth come together during adolescent growth can help to improve the way that the jaws grow. I do not believe that the appliance itself promotes growth. The company claims this, and you will see this in the video below. I do want to be clear that there is not any reliable research that has been published on this. That is ok, because it is still a fantastic appliance that does a much better job than rubber bands alone can do. In summary, it consistently helps to achieve our treatment goals. Watch the animation in the video below to get a better visual on how this appliance works. You will see that they discuss the jaw moving, the condyle/TMJ improving, and airway improvements. I do want to be clear that I do not support those claims and neither does any decent research. I still post it because it is a great animation to show you what it can do. I promote and use this appliance because it is still a great appliance for what it can do.
A “Class II” is a relationship between your upper and lower teeth. It is when the upper teeth are too far forward relative to the lower teeth. This might mean that the top teeth are too far forward or that the lower teeth are too far backward. It is all relative! It can also be a “Dental Class II” or a “Skeletal Class II”. A “Dental class II” refers to the relationship where the discrepancy is in the teeth alone (not the jaws). A “Skeletal Class II” relationship if when the jaws that house the teeth are not aligned. This might mean that the upper jaw is too far forward, or the lower jaw is too far backwards. It could be a combination of both! A “Class III Malocclusion” would be just the opposite.
This is some seriously advanced stuff for most of you that follow my blog. For this reason, I will leave the descriptions here for now but feel free to reach out in the comments if you are interested in hearing more. I will create a separate blog post to dive deeper into these concepts.
I’m glad you asked! Check out this video that I made to train team members at LTO. It shows you the entire process as well as the instructions. This video is 25 minutes long as I am going slow to teach all the steps in detail. It typically only takes 10 minutes to get this placed!
We will review all of this when you get it placed. I also reviewed it in the video above. You will wear your rubber bands as instructed. It is usually full time unless directed otherwise. It is critical that you always wear your lower retainer when the elastics are in so that your lower teeth do not shift. You will experience the following:
This patient is a 33 year old adult female. This means that her bone is more mature and therefore more difficult to move teeth through than a 10 year old. She had previously been told that she would need surgery. I agreed that surgery was ideal but not everyone wants surgery. Look at how awesome this correction is without surgery in just 5 months!
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Thank you for reading!
Gerald W. Wesley, DDS, MS