The Forsus works by posturing the patient’s lower jaw in a forward position, over time promotes growth in pubertal adolescents, helping to eliminate excessive overbites, improve the fit of teeth and possibly prevent the need for jaw surgery. The major advantage of this system over headgear or elastics is that its effectiveness does not rely on patient cooperation.
Will it be difficult to talk if I’m wearing a FORSUS™ appliance?
Some people may have a little difficulty speaking clearly at first. Patients discover, however, that their speech quickly returns to normal.
How far can I open my mouth while wearing the appliance?
You should be careful not to open your mouth extremely wide while wearing the appliance. If you do, the appliance may become deformed and can actually loosen a molar band. Should this happen, you will need to visit your orthodontist.
Will wearing the FORSUS appliance be uncomfortable?
Every orthodontic appliance takes some getting used to. Some patients briefly experience discomfort or mouth irritation. Typically, the discomfort goes away within a few days. If it doesn’t—or if a sore develops in your mouth—you should call your orthodontist.
What should I remember when I eat?
Of course, you’ll need to avoid hard, sticky foods. Your orthodontist will also remind you to cut your food into smaller pieces than you would normally eat.
What should I remember when I brush my teeth?
It’s very important to brush your teeth after every meal. But don’t brush too hard. You don’t want to dislodge or separate the appliance. Your orthodontist or treatment coordinator can show you more.