Wilson appliance is a system of 4 braces and a specialized wire that is used with rubber bands to replace head gear. This appliance primarily corrects overbite by creating space in the upper jaw for conditions such as crowding and blocked out teeth.
Patients wear a rubber band on each side that is changed several times a day. At each appointment, a spring located on the arch wire, is compressed by a simple adjustment of a loop. Once the appropriate amount of space is created, braces are placed on the remaining teeth. Patients are in Wilson therapy for approximately six months. Since only 4 brackets are initially placed with the Wilson, it is easier to maintain oral hygiene and full braces are worn for less time.
Patient's can choose from many colors for both the Wilson appliance and during treatment in full braces.