Should I Expect Forsus Appliance Discomfort?

Some patients need more than traditional braces to get the smile they want. When a patient needs a bit more help to correct their overbite than traditional braces alone can provide, a Forsus appliance may be the right solution.

While a Forsus appliance may be the best solution in certain scenarios, some patients wonder if a Forsus appliance is uncomfortable or painful. In this article, we discuss what patients should expect when it comes to Forsus appliance discomfort.

What is a Forsus appliance?

A Forsus appliance is a spring coil rod that attaches to the patient’s braces on their upper first molar and their lower arch. The force from the spring coil helps move the patient’s upper molars back and their lower arch forward into the desired alignment.

In orthodontics, Forsus appliances treat Class II malocclusions, which in layman terms is an overbite. In the past, orthodontic solutions for overbites required headgear or rubber bands for successful treatment. Today, many patients prefer Forsus appliances over headgear or rubber bands, as the patient does not need to remember to wear the device each day. Forsus appliances are typically placed a year into an orthodontic treatment plan, and the device stays in the patient’s mouth for around three to eight months thereafter.

So, do Forsus appliances cause discomfort?

Like most orthodontic solutions, a Forsus appliance may be uncomfortable at first. While few patients would describe the device as painful, it certainly will take some getting used to by the patient. The most common complaint with a Forsus appliance is mild cheek irritation, and this irritation usually subsides after the first week that the patient has the device.

It is important for patients to understand that Forsus appliances work by applying gentle pressure to the patient’s teeth each time the patient closes their mouth. The device works slowly and gently, and patients should not expect prolonged discomfort from the device. In fact, many patients forget they have the device in their mouth after just a couple of weeks of use.

In some cases, this cheek irritation is more serious and can result in a small sore at the location where the appliance rubs against the patient’s cheek. For that issue, the orthodontist sends each patient home with several cotton rolls that the patient can put between the appliance and their cheek at night. After separating their cheek from the appliance, the small sore usually heals within a day or two.

How can a patient minimize Forsus appliance discomfort?

Patients can take several steps to minimize any temporary discomfort from their Forsus appliance. First, the patient must be sure not to open their mouth too much. One of the most common issues with the appliance is when the rod slides out of the spring coil after the patient opens their mouth too wide. If this occurs, the patient can fix the problem themselves with the proper instructions, or the patient can call up a member of Dr. Kendra Pratt’s orthodontics team.

Because it is crucial for a patient not to open their mouth too wide when they have a Forsus appliance, the patient should adhere to specific limitations when eating with braces and an installed appliance. The patient should cut food into smaller pieces and stick with softer foods that they can chew more easily with a limited bite. Also, patients should avoid sticky foods, as sticky foods may adhere to and cause damage to the appliance.

Additionally, when a patient brushes their teeth, they should be careful not to brush the appliance too hard. Forceful brushing may cause the appliance to dislodge or otherwise break.

If you experience any of the above issues with your appliance, feel free to reach out to our clinical team at Dr. Kendra Pratt’s orthodontic office for help with orthodontic emergencies.

How do I know if a Forsus appliance is right for my child or me?

Everyone’s mouth is different, and the best way to determine if a Forsus appliance is right for you or your child is to schedule a consultation appointment with an orthodontist. At the consultation appointment, the orthodontist will be able to give a better idea if a Forsus appliance may be a proper treatment option for you or your child.

Also, know that an orthodontist only installs a Forsus appliance months after a patient first receives their braces. An orthodontist will need to see how a patient’s teeth respond to the braces and take X-rays of a patient’s lower and upper jaw alignment before making a final determination. If a Forsus appliance is appropriate for a patient’s situation, the treatment time when the appliance needs to be in the patient’s mouth is typically several months long.

How can I schedule a Forsus appliance appointment with an orthodontist?

To schedule an appointment with an orthodontist to see if a Forsus appliance may be right for you or your child, you can book an appointment online with Dr. Kendra Pratt’s friendly team. Alternatively, feel free to call Dr. Kendra Pratt’s orthodontic team directly at 281-367-0050 (Woodlands) or 936-596-1200 (Montgomery).

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