The Ins and Outs of a Forsus Appliance (Forsus Springs)
Did you know almost 70 percent of kids have an overbite? Overbites cause the upper set of teeth to overlap the bottom set. They can make it difficult and even painful to chew. Overbites may also lead to other oral health conditions, such as tooth decay, gum disease, jaw conditions, and tooth loss.
Fortunately, overbites can be fixed using a combination of dental treatments, including braces and a Forsus appliance.
What is a Forsus Appliance?
A Forsus appliance, also referred to as Forsus springs, can be used with braces to correct an overbite.
A dental professional attaches springs to each side of a patient’s jaw. The appliance works by shifting the upper teeth back and the lower one’s forward through continuous pressure. A Forsus appliance can help eliminate the need for premolar teeth extractions, corrective surgeries, or headgear used to treat overbites.
The Benefits of a Forsus Appliance
A Forsus appliance offers a variety of benefits to patients, including:
- Normal ability to move jaw and speak
- The device is slim and easy to keep clean
- The appliance may be used without elastics
How Long Will I Need to Wear it?
Once installed, the Forsus appliance is typically worn between three to eight months. This time varies based on factors such as:
- The severity of the overbite
- The age and overall health of the patient
- The condition of the patient’s teeth
- A patient’s bone density and tooth movement
- Other oral health factors
However, unlike elastics and headgear, the Forsus appliance is always present and does not require patients to remember to wear it. This can make Forsus springs an effective treatment option for younger patients.
Eating and Brushing with the Forsus Appliance
When using Forsus springs, patients need to follow eating recommendations to avoid damaging the device or their teeth, such as:
- Avoid opening their mouth too wide
- Cutting food into smaller, easily eaten pieces
- Avoidance of hard foods
- Avoidance of sticky foods
Wearing a Forsus appliance does not replace regular dental hygiene. However, patients should exercise caution when brushing and flossing. Interdental toothbrushes are recommended when brushing around the rod and spring of the device.
While most orthopedic devices can be uncomfortable at first, patients who experience pain or significant discomfortshould contact their orthodontist about any concerns that they may have.
Is a Forsus Appliance Right for Me?
The Forsus appliance is an excellent treatment option for patients who are currently wearing braces and need to have an overbite corrected.
It’s also worth noting that a dental professional can only install a Forsus appliance after a patient has had their braces for several months. This waiting period is necessary for the orthodontist to ensure that a patient’s teeth respond to their braces and to better assess if Forsus springs are the best option.