Herbst Appliance


cant believe the attention this has got.
either way i got my braces off...in august of 2008. Wednesday before school started.
straight teeth finally, and i can eat! so great.
either way it still took like 5 or 6 years, too long.
Im just wearing an invisible retainer(behind my teeth, its glued in, its just a wire). Cant even feel it.
Just think- if you have braces- how good it will feel when you get them off...

OK, I have braces, meant to correct the spaces that were in between my teeth, and also, to move my lower jaw forward. I've had them for...5 YEARS! Needless to say, they JUST finished closing most of the gaps(again, after 5 years), and are working on moving my jaw forward. So, like almost every person I see with braces (well, some), I got rubber bands. I actually had a choice between them and the Herbst appliance. I picked the herbst-y thing, but they didn't have a part...so, blah blah blah, long story short, I got rubberbands until the part came in. So the part came in today, and I went for them to put it on, and after about an extremely boring hour, they were on. Anyway, It wasn't until then that I realized what (Insert bad word(s) here) things these were. I can't eat ( more specifically- chew), talk (clearly), or EVEN FULLY CLOSE MY MOUTH!.
i hate them.
...on a lighter note, does anyone here have/had that herbst thing before?
Update- I got them off, and I'm wearing rubber-bands now.

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MakBlakeley1 month ago

I'm 11 years old I got the herbst appliance 2 days ago it SUCKS! I already have a cold sore that has a hole in it. I can't eat. It bugs me so much. Hurt a ton my muscles are sore and my teeth hurt. The ortho said it was going to hurt for a while and I should eat soft food for the first 10 days then she said you should be able to eat solid foods; well she was lying none of that is true. So awful totally wouldn't recommend it. I am getting it off AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. So happy I'm getting it off. I look like a chipmunk some kid even felt the need to point it out "oh that's why your cheeks are so chubby" SO HORRIBLE.

DylanS812 months ago

It was all their fault, they didn't put a bar to hold up the rods, which was causing my ulcer. Anyway, they're gonna put it in soon, wish me luck that this doesn't happen again ;)

DylanS812 months ago

So, I'm back, and my gums healed so they put the goddamn Herbst back in (I had no choice) and guess what? It's only been a week since the Herbst has been put back in, and the EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED. I'm starting to think that it wasn't an infection or ulcer it's just the Herbst destroying my gums and cheeks. Anyway I'm getting it taken out AGAIN at 2:00pm today. It's currently 8:48am and I'm counting down. I'll update you on what happens later.

SnoConeGlobe2 months ago

I got mine on today. So far the pain is only in my jaw, no sores in my mouth or anything yet. It hurts my jaw like crazy, though, even with the ibuprofen I took. Eating is basically impossible- even soup is hard to get down, and I can't chew at all. Wish me luck with this.

OMG! I flippin HATE this appliance!!!! I got this about a year ago. But it got loose and today they took it off and put it on again. I am in so much pain!? DQ blizzard here I come!

DylanS813 months ago

I've had my Herbst appliance for 5 months now. About 2 weeks ago I noticed a small infection in my mouth. I thought it'd go away but it just got worse. I visited the orthodontist and they gave me some antiseptic toothpaste. After a week, the toothpaste made it 10 times worse so I stopped using it. Right now, the side of my mouth is so painful so I'm getting the appliance taken out (yay) for 1-2 weeks to let my infection heal. I've been thinking of taking it out permanently, so I've read what could happen. Minor damage to roof of mouth, small facial deformity. I don't care, this doesn't cause as much pain as the infections I've been getting. To all of you considering the Herbst appliance, DON'T GET IT! IT SUCKS! Get rubber bands, they're more comfortable and do the job only slightly less. Better than wasting money on something that makes you want to kill yourself.

kylied113 months ago

Tomorrow I'm getting my expander off ( also known as the hyrax) and then they are putting the herbst in. I'm a little weary from reading some comments. Wish me luck!

GabeT43 months ago

I got mine in today. I only have the herbts and braces, which font hurt that bad, but My main problem is a really bad lisp. I didn't have it before, but I do now. PLEASE can someone tell me if there is a way to stop the lisp!!!

Jaderz6 months ago

I just got my Herbst appliance today, and I can't eat right at all. I also have TMJ which is when my jaw locks up and I'm in band which is making it to where I suck at playing. Anyways, I don't know what foods to eat, can someone list some foods?

MedelSam7 months ago

if ur getting one or have one... it is absolute HELL it will annoy the crap out of you food gets stuck and it locks up all the time and ur jaw hurts so bad u will want to rip it out! u can't smile with out having bumps in the front of ur mouth from it and sometimes it makes ur teeth separate

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