Our orthodontists may use a number of different appliances over the course of your treatment. We have provided this page of information on the most common orthodontic appliances offered at our practice. Our doctors and team will provide you with instructions on how to use and maintain your appliances. To learn more about orthodontic appliances in Richmond, Virginia, and to make your appointment with Drs. Wiltshire and Brassington please contact Richmond Orthodontics at 804-740-7281.

Rubber Bands (Elastics)

Our orthodontists may use small rubber bands or elastics to help move your teeth and correct your bite.


A forsus is an appliance the functions similar to elastics, but is placed by the orthodontist rather than the patient, and is non-removable.

Expander: Used when the upper jaw is not as wide as the bottom jaw, or when we need more space in the upper jaw.

TPA: Holds the width of the upper jaw in a stable position.

Schwartz: Widens your lower teeth by tipping them outwards.

Lower Lingual Arch: Prevents the lower molars from drifting forward when the baby teeth fall out.

Headgear: Allows us to manipulate how your jaws grow so that we can obtain a healthy bite.

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