Q: Can you see the Herbst appliance?
The Herbst MRA is totally inside the mouth—nothing
is on the outside. Sometimes, especially at the
beginning the corners of the mouth may bulge a little.
This will become less noticeable as the appliance
settles into place and your facial muscles relax and
accept your new jaw position.
Q: Will I look different?
YES! You will look dramatically BETTER as your
profile will show an immediate improvement.
Q: Can the appliance be removed? Will it fall out?
No, it does not come out of the mouth until we remove
it. That is why it is works so well! Infrequently one
of the rods will disengage. This does not hurt and
you can re-connect the rods in a moment or two.
Q: Why do I need this device?
Your lower jaw and upper jaw are not positioned
correctly. This gives you a “bad bite” and a less
favorable profile and smile. The Herbst will reposition
your jaw forward to give you a better bite, better
profile and better smile. And NO HEADGEAR.
Q: Does it hurt?
At first it is a mouthful! You might be a little tender
from the placement of the appliance and where it
touches the inside of your cheeks and lips. This
discomfort is similar to a routine orthodontic adjustment.
It may take 1-5 days to completely adapt.
Q: What can I eat?
We recommend soft foods at first because chewing
can be awkward. You need to be careful and eat
small pieces of food until the Herbst settles and you
are used to the way your teeth now come together.
When you become accustomed to the Herbst you can
resume your usual diet.