Waterford Office
725 Cornerstone Crossing
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185
262.534.3010
Racine Office
1558 South Green Bay Road
Racine, Wisconsin 53406
262.634.6900

Orthodontic Appliances, Care & Use

  • Damon Braces

    This innovative technology allows us to use high-tech, light-force wire to acheive tooth movement with less pressure on your teeth for more comfortable treatment. Since the Damon braces work more efficiently, we will require fewer office visits to achieve your beautiful smile!

  • Elastics

    Elastics are essentially rubber bands that are attached to brackets, usually between the upper and lower or front and back teeth, applying tension and causing teeth to move. Elastics can be used in many ways depending upon the treatment goals.

    Elastics move the teeth in a direction they could not be moved using braces alone. Your teeth and jaws may be tender during the first few days elastics are worn. This is normal, and the tenderness should begin to disappear within a week. If it persists longer, please call our office. Rinsing with hot salt water will help reduce the tenderness.

    Your elastics may be difficult to put on at first, but this will become easier with practice. You may remove them only when eating or brushing your teeth. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately after meals and brushing. Part-time wear does NOT move teeth, but it does cause prolonged discomfort.

    Change the elastics routinely even if they are not broken. After a while, elastics lose their strength. Change them after each meal and before bedtime. If one elastic breaks, replace both sides.

    Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If you do not have enough to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office and pick more up or call us and we can send more to you. We do not want you to run out.

    Before you leave the office, be absolutely sure you understand exactly where to hook the elastics. Hooking them on incorrectly can be worse than not wearing them at all, as your teeth might move in the opposite direction. If you ever have any questions on how to wear your elastics, please do not hesitate to ask.

  • Herbst

    The Herbst appliance is designed to correct your overbite by modifying jaw growth. The rod and tube assembly guides your lower jaw slightly forward, promoting growth of your lower jaw and thereby correcting your overbite.

    It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Herbst appliance is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously.

    Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

  • Upper Expander

    The Bonded Upper Expander is designed to expand your upper arch and provide adequate space for the eruption of your upper adult teeth.

    For the appliance to work properly it must be activated specifically according to Dr. Lenz’s instructions. The activation instructions will be provided on the day that the expander is placed.

    Insert the key into the keyhole (but no further) then gently and steadily push the key from the front to the back of the mouth until you see the next keyhole appear. As you remove the key do not reverse this movement (pushing the key back towards the front of the mouth) simply slide the key straight out.

    It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Expander is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously. A Water Pik is very helpful to clean in and around your Expander. Check carefully when you are finished brushing to make sure your teeth, gum lines and the Expander are clean.

    Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

  • Lower Expander

    This appliance is designed to expand your lower arch and provide adequate space for the eruption of your lower adult teeth. The expander is adjusted by Dr. Lenz and does not need to be activated by parents at home.

    It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Lower Expander is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously. A Water Pik is very helpful to clean in and around your Lower Expander. Check carefully when you are finished brushing to make sure your teeth, gum lines and the Lower Expander are clean.

    Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

  • Invisalign

    Invisalign is a nearly invisible, removable, comprehensive orthodontic appliance. Invisalign uses technology that straightens your teeth without wires and brackets. You will wear a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called Aligners. Using 3-D computer technology, each one of your Aligners is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit snugly over your teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan. And unlike braces, your Aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

    Invisalign only works while you are wearing the Aligners. Because the Aligners are designed to sequentially move your teeth, it is very important to wear each Aligner in the order prescribed. Failure to follow instructions could significantly delay or compromise treatment results.

    Clean your Aligners prior to each insertion. Do not use denture cleaners to clean Aligners or soak them in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the plastic, causing it to become dull and more visible. Always remove your Aligners before meals. Brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your Aligners.

  • Clear Retainer

    Clear retainers are custom-made of thin, transparent plastic which is designed to fit precisely over your teeth. Their main advantage is that they're invisible, with no wire to show. These retainers are also easy to remove, but they may be somewhat less durable than the Hawleys. They aren't recommended for patients with certain conditions, like teeth grinding.

  • Fixed Retainer

    Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely. A Fixed Retainer will support the alignment of your upper and/or lower front teeth, which is a key element in maintaining your beautiful, healthy smile.

    Be careful when chewing hard, crunchy, sticky foods with your front teeth to prevent dislodging your Fixed Retainer.

    Thoroughly brush and floss around your bonded retainer as instructed. Each time you brush your teeth, check your retainer to insure that it is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call our office immediately, to set up an appointment to recement your retainer.

  • Damon Splint

    A Damon Splint is a special type of retainer specifically designed to support your bite correction. Wearing your splint faithfully as Dr. Lenz has instructed will maintain your beautiful, healthy smile.

    Whenever you remove the splint from your mouth always put it in your case! Do not wear your splint while swimming or during any activity that may cause it to become lost or damaged. To prevent loss or damage, never wrap your splint in a napkin or put it in a gym bag, back pack, purse, pocket, etc. Remove your splint to eat and always put it in your case! Most splints are lost in restaurants and school cafeterias.

    Clean your splint every day! Brush it with warm, not hot, water using your toothbrush and toothpaste. Splints can melt! Keep you splint away from hot water, inside hot cars, the washing machine, etc. You may want to supplement the brushing by soaking your splint in a denture cleaner.

    Place and remove your splint gently, so that it does not become damaged or broken. If your splint is lost, damaged, or broken call Dr. Lenz’s office immediately to set up an appointment to have it replaced. Do not try to repair the splint yourself.

  • Damon Braces


    This innovative technology allows us to use high-tech, light-force wire to acheive tooth movement with less pressure on your teeth for more comfortable treatment. Since the Damon braces work more efficiently, we will require fewer office visits to achieve your beautiful smile!

    Elastics


    Elastics are essentially rubber bands that are attached to brackets, usually between the upper and lower or front and back teeth, applying tension and causing teeth to move. Elastics can be used in many ways depending upon the treatment goals.

    Elastics move the teeth in a direction they could not be moved using braces alone. Your teeth and jaws may be tender during the first few days elastics are worn. This is normal, and the tenderness should begin to disappear within a week. If it persists longer, please call our office. Rinsing with hot salt water will help reduce the tenderness.

    Your elastics may be difficult to put on at first, but this will become easier with practice. You may remove them only when eating or brushing your teeth. Be sure to replace the elastics with new ones immediately after meals and brushing. Part-time wear does NOT move teeth, but it does cause prolonged discomfort.

    Change the elastics routinely even if they are not broken. After a while, elastics lose their strength. Change them after each meal and before bedtime. If one elastic breaks, replace both sides.

    Carry extra elastics with you at all times. If you do not have enough to last until your next appointment, please stop by our office and pick more up or call us and we can send more to you. We do not want you to run out.

    Before you leave the office, be absolutely sure you understand exactly where to hook the elastics. Hooking them on incorrectly can be worse than not wearing them at all, as your teeth might move in the opposite direction. If you ever have any questions on how to wear your elastics, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Herbst


    The Herbst appliance is designed to correct your overbite by modifying jaw growth. The rod and tube assembly guides your lower jaw slightly forward, promoting growth of your lower jaw and thereby correcting your overbite. It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Herbst appliance is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

    Upper Expander


    The Bonded Upper Expander is designed to expand your upper arch and provide adequate space for the eruption of your upper adult teeth. For the appliance to work properly it must be activated specifically according to Dr. Lenz’s instructions. The activation instructions will be provided on the day that the expander is placed. Insert the key into the keyhole (but no further) then gently and steadily push the key from the front to the back of the mouth until you see the next keyhole appear. As you remove the key do not reverse this movement (pushing the key back towards the front of the mouth) simply slide the key straight out. It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Expander is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously. A Water Pik is very helpful to clean in and around your Expander. Check carefully when you are finished brushing to make sure your teeth, gum lines and the Expander are clean. Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

    Lower Expander


    This appliance is designed to expand your lower arch and provide adequate space for the eruption of your lower adult teeth. The expander is adjusted by Dr. Lenz and does not need to be activated by parents at home. It will take more time to brush and floss your teeth after the Lower Expander is placed. Be sure to thoroughly clean your appliance with your toothbrush, and rinse your mouth vigorously. A Water Pik is very helpful to clean in and around your Lower Expander. Check carefully when you are finished brushing to make sure your teeth, gum lines and the Lower Expander are clean. Avoid all hard, sticky or chewy foods which can damage your appliance. Use your fluoride rinse daily throughout your orthodontic treatment.

    Invisalign


    Invisalign is a nearly invisible, removable, comprehensive orthodontic appliance. Invisalign uses technology that straightens your teeth without wires and brackets. You will wear a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called Aligners. Using 3-D computer technology, each one of your Aligners is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit snugly over your teeth and gently move them through every stage of your treatment plan. And unlike braces, your Aligners can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Invisalign only works while you are wearing the Aligners. Because the Aligners are designed to sequentially move your teeth, it is very important to wear each Aligner in the order prescribed. Failure to follow instructions could significantly delay or compromise treatment results. Clean your Aligners prior to each insertion. Do not use denture cleaners to clean Aligners or soak them in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the plastic, causing it to become dull and more visible. Always remove your Aligners before meals. Brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your Aligners.

    Clear Retainer


    Clear retainers are custom-made of thin, transparent plastic which is designed to fit precisely over your teeth. Their main advantage is that they're invisible, with no wire to show. These retainers are also easy to remove, but they may be somewhat less durable than the Hawleys. They aren't recommended for patients with certain conditions, like teeth grinding.

    Fixed Retainer


    Fixed retainers consist of a metal wire bonded to the back of the teeth. Fixed retainers can stay in place indefinitely. A Fixed Retainer will support the alignment of your upper and/or lower front teeth, which is a key element in maintaining your beautiful, healthy smile. Be careful when chewing hard, crunchy, sticky foods with your front teeth to prevent dislodging your Fixed Retainer. Thoroughly brush and floss around your bonded retainer as instructed. Each time you brush your teeth, check your retainer to insure that it is securely attached. If your retainer feels loose or becomes dislodged, call our office immediately, to set up an appointment to recement your retainer.

    Damon Splint


    A Damon Splint is a special type of retainer specifically designed to support your bite correction. Wearing your splint faithfully as Dr. Lenz has instructed will maintain your beautiful, healthy smile. Whenever you remove the splint from your mouth always put it in your case! Do not wear your splint while swimming or during any activity that may cause it to become lost or damaged. To prevent loss or damage, never wrap your splint in a napkin or put it in a gym bag, back pack, purse, pocket, etc. Remove your splint to eat and always put it in your case! Most splints are lost in restaurants and school cafeterias. Clean your splint every day! Brush it with warm, not hot, water using your toothbrush and toothpaste. Splints can melt! Keep you splint away from hot water, inside hot cars, the washing machine, etc. You may want to supplement the brushing by soaking your splint in a denture cleaner. Place and remove your splint gently, so that it does not become damaged or broken. If your splint is lost, damaged, or broken call Dr. Lenz’s office immediately to set up an appointment to have it replaced. Do not try to repair the splint yourself.