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Orthodontic Appliance Services

Orthodontic Appliances:
Five Star Dental Lab is here for the orthodontic appliance needs of the Kokomo, Peru and surrounding communities.  Being one of the only local dental lab in the Central Indiana region allows us the ability to provide same day services that many of the other facilities can't compete with.  At Five Star, we can customize many of our orthondontic appliances to make your experience with us as personal and positive as possible.  We are based in Peru, IN at the Grissom Aeroplex.  Give us a call today, or check out our beautiful laboratory to see what Five Star can do for you!
Orthdontic Retainer, Kokomo Dental Lab, Peru Dental Lab
Custom Orthodontic Retainers
Fabricated in Peru, IN
Custom Hawley Orthodontic Retainer
According to an article published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJO-DO), approximately 50% of patients openly admit to not complying with their dentists’ instructions on how to properly wear orthodontic retainers. Patient noncompliance prohibits the conversion of accurate retainer treatment plans to favorable results.
Most treatments span over a course of 12 months, and compliance levels have to be sustained throughout this period. Due to forgetfulness and discomfort, patients tend to disobey instructions, increasing the likelihood of relapse.
At Five Star Dental Lab in Peru IN, we’ll help you encourage patient compliance by navigating through the specific nuances of any given case. We offer Hawley, Essix, and bonded retainers, and a wide selection of acrylic colors and designs. With a range of options available, we leave a lot of room for customization. 
The retainer on the left was fabricated right here in Peru, IN. We made this Anthony Rizzo retainer for Ladd Orthodontics in Kokomo, IN. 
This link will highlight a few of the orthodontic appliances currently on the martket.
Kokomo Orthodontic Retainer | Peru Orthodontic Retainer
Herbst Retainer
Herbst Orthodontic Retainer
One of the most common problems orthodontists treat is the discrepancy that occurs when the upper teeth protrude or stick out beyond the lower teeth. When we see a patient in which the upper teeth are protruding, we tend to think that the upper jaw and teeth are too far forward. Usually, however, this condition is due to a small lower jaw that is further back than it should be. With these patients, we would like to encourage the lower jaw to come forward, and braces in conjunction with an appliance such as the Herbst can help this happen.
Even though the Herbst appliance postures the lower jaw forward and prevents it from moving backward, opening and closing movements still occur easily, and patients do not have any problems learning to chew their food with their lower jaw in this new position.
As with all kinds of braces, patients with Herbst appliances must be careful about what they eat. Sticky foods such as caramels, bubble gum, and candy suckers will pull the brace away from the teeth. Hard foods like crisp vegetables and hard candies will bend and loosen the Herbst appliance, too. It is important that you avoid these foods during your orthodontic treatment.
Your Herbst appliance will be checked and adjusted at your appointments. If you develop sore areas on the inside of your cheeks between appointments, please do not try to adjust the appliance yourself. Call for an appointment so that the necessary adjustments can be made by your orthodontist.
Wearing a Herbst Appliance
At first, your mouth will feel unusually full, and speaking will be awkward. If you practice reading aloud, your ordinary speech will return quickly. You may also notice more saliva than normal. This will decrease as you become accustomed to the appliance.
Kokomo Orthodontic Retainer | Peru Orthodontic Retainer
Nance Appliance
Nance Appliance
The Nance Appliance is used to prevent upper molars from rotating or moving forward after extraction of primary teeth or during your orthodontic treatment. Some patients wear the Nance Appliance while they are awaiting their permanent bicuspids or premolars to erupt into place.
The appliance is made of two bands that are cemented onto the first molars in addition to a wire that spans the roof of the mouth from one molar to the other. An acrylic pad or “button” covers the wire that touches the roof of the mouth directly behind the front teeth.
Patients should brush around the bands daily. Do not eat sticky, chewy candy, as it can loosen your appliance.


Maxillary Hawley (Upper Removeable Retainer)- Removeable appliance most often comprised of stainless steel clips (clasps) on the posterior teeth, a wire (labial bow) across the front teeth, and a polished acrylic framework along the inside of the roof of the mouth (palate), reinforced with stainless steel wires.
Mandibular Hawley (Lower Removeable Retainer)- Removeable appliance most often comprised of stainless steel clips (clasps) on the posterior teeth, a wire (labial bow) across the front teeth, and polished acrylic framework along the inside of the mouth, reinforced with stainless steel wires.
Invisible Retainer- Composed of clear plastic materials.
Bite Plate- Removable usually plastic dental appliance used in orthodontics and prosthodontics: such asa : a device worn in the upper or lower jaw and used especially to reposition the jaw or prevent bruxismb  
 
Space Maintainers:    
Lower Lingual Arch-  An orthodontic device which connects two molars in the lower dental arch. The lower lingual arch (LLA) has an arch wire adapted to the lingual side of the lower teeth.
Upper Lingual Arch-  an orthodontic device which connects two molars in the upper dental arch.
Band & Loop- This type of device is used when one or more baby molars are lost from only one side of the dental arch, and the six-year molar is present behind them. They feature a metal band around the six-year molar, with a wire arm soldered to it that rests against the back surface of the next remaining tooth forward.
TPA- Formed from two metal bands joined across the palate with a rigid wire, which is soldered to the bands. Used in the upper jaw when primary molar teeth have been lost prematurely on both sides of the dental arch. Making the device involves fitting the metal bands onto the child’s abutment teeth and making an impression (mold). The bands remain in the impression, which is then filled with dental plaster to produce a cast.
Nance- Made of two bands that are cemented onto the first molars and a wire spans the roof of the mouth from one molar to the other. An acrylic pad or “button” covers the wire that touches the roof of your mouth directly behind your front teeth. This appliance is used to prevent upper molars from rotating or moving forward after you’ve worn a headgear, a Wilson’s arch or any other appliance to move your molars back. Some patients wear the Nance Appliance while they are awaiting their bicuspids to grow into place.

Expansion Appliances
Maxillary RPE/Hyrax- a preliminary treatment procedure that aims at enlarging the maxillary dental arch and the palate (roof of the mouth) to re-establish balance between the width of the jaws. This procedure is also called “maxillary expansion”. Ideally, expansion using an “expander” is performed at an early age (mixed dentition).
Mandibular Schwarz- A type of Horizontal and Vertical Activator consisting of acrylic and wires. Schwarz modified the original activator appliance by making activator a two part appliance and connecting it with elastic bow. He said that the bow allows periodic adjustment of sagittal relationship of activator over time. This modification allowed transverse mobility, which was not present in previous modifications, and Schwarz believed that this provided additional stimulus for functional development.
Fixed Quad-Helix- an orthodontic appliance for the upper teeth that is cemented in the mouth. It is attached to the molars by 2 bands and has two or four active helix springs that widen the arch of the mouth to make room for crowded teeth, or correct a posterior cross-bite, where lower teeth are buccal (outer) than upper teeth.