Orthodontic Appliances

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 team will provide you with instructions on how to use and maintain your appliances. To learn more about orthodontic appliances and to make your appointment, please contact Richmond Pediatric Dentistry and 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.


Used when the upper jaw is not as wide as it should be relative to the bottom jaw, or when we need more space in the upper jaw.


 A Trans Palatal Arch is small wire attached to orthodontic bands and cemented in place on the molar teeth. It’s purpose is to hold the width of the upper jaw in a stable position.

Schwartz Appliance

 A removeable retainer worn on the lower teeth to help widen the arch to the proper dimension and create space for correction of dental crowding.

Lower Lingual Arch

A space maintainer that prevents the lower molars from drifting forward when the baby teeth fall out.


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