Our orthodontists at Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign have expert training and experience in performing specific orthodontic treatments that improve the dentofacial structures. Therefore, we are proud to offer Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign. This procedure combines the Herbst appliance device with clear aligners to correct complex malocclusions issues. When a patient has upper molars that are too far forward or a severe overbite, an appliance is strategically positioned to address these concerns. Since this process results in the repositioning of teeth, braces are commonly used to help guide the teeth as well. However, instead of using traditional metal braces, we use Invisalign. This provides more comfort, movement, and easier dental cleaning. We are thrilled to be providing such a unique service to our patients all across the state of Kentucky.
Herbst® Appliance Reviews
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"Dr. Durbin is amazing! So personable and really helped out with an insurance issue. Great place and very kid friendly"- J.P. / Google / Feb 11, 2017
"My twins have been patients of Dr. Durbin for the past 2 1/2 years. He is an exceptional orthodontist! The service we have received from him and his staff is beyond anything we every expected. Truly couldn't have asked for a friendlier staff or better service! BEST Prices! We will continue to go to this office for any treatment we need!!"- A.R. / Google / Nov 11, 2016
"ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! They let me go back for my daughters scans, explained to me step by step what was going on. Answered all my questions. Highly recommend. We have had nothing but a great experience so far with Dr.Durbin and his staff."- M.H. / Facebook / Aug 09, 2017
About Herbst Appplication
The Herbst® Appliance is for those with posterior crossbite, extreme overbite, upper jaw protrusion, and narrow arch cases. The device is made of acrylic, metal, and springs. Typically, the Herbst appliance is most commonly used for younger children and helps to secure their long-term dental health into adulthood. In addition, the aesthetic benefits are a significant improvement compared to traditional headgear.
The Herbst® Appliance is used in conjunction with braces. Most orthodontic practices use metal braces, however, our practice utilizes the modern technology of clear Invisalign aligners. Therefore, the aesthetic appeal to Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign is twofold.
What To Expect
We encourage parents to attend the initial examination with their child. During this time, one of our orthodontists will examine your child's condition to determine if they are an ideal candidate for Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign. Once we have confirmed their eligibility, an appointment will be scheduled.
Typically, the Herbst appliance is applied to your child's molars. This process is usually very easy but a topical anesthetic may also be applied to ensure extra comfort during the application process. The Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign is revolutionary because it repositions the jaw and individual teeth simultaneously. The device and Invisalign are usually worn for 12 – 15 months. However, this timeframe may vary depending on your child's unique needs and condition.
You or your child may experience overall gum tenderness or soreness, but as time passes, these symptoms will fade. However, if you or your child experience severe discomfort or tissue irritation, an appointment can be made to adjust the appliance. Patients should not try to adjust the appliance on their own, as it could cause additional irritation or damage to the gums. Sometimes, a simple wax application is all that is needed to ease discomfort.
Young patients are also encouraged to eat soft foods for the first 1 – 2 weeks after their treatment. We also recommend that patients exclude gum and candy from their diet, as well as hard or sticky foods. The results of Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign are long-lasting by improving the teeth structure and overall jaw function.
Plan Your Procedure
your child's Smile
Is your child in need of orthodontic care? Come visit us at one of our 9 locations in Owingsville, Mount Sterling, Winchester, Richmond, Georgetown, Nicholasville, Frankfort, Lexington, or Louisville. Our Orthodontists Drs. Durbin, Garner, and Morris will be happy to sit down with you to come up with a treatment plan that will significantly improve your child's smile. We will also be able to answer questions regarding the cost and financing of the Herbst® Appliance with Invisalign. Call one of our Kentucky offices today to schedule a free consultation.