A Pendex appliance is used to achieve an optimum molar relationship with little or no effort required by the patient. With proper occlusion of the molars, the patient acquires a more functional and effective bite. The appliance is also used to make space for incoming teeth. In many cases, a patient does not have enough room for all of their teeth, so space must be made. This appliance is a very active appliance and must be checked by Dr. Mendez every 6 weeks. Movement occurs quickly so be sure to keep your appointments. You will want to check your appliance every day to make sure nothing is broken. If you notice anything loose, let our office know right away.
When is the appliance activated?
The Pendex Appliance is activated (or turned) once per day for a period of 28 days. Depending on the severity of the problem, you may increase or decrease the number of turns. After approximately 28 days of activation, the doctor will make an additional adjustment which will begin to move the molar teeth in a backward direction.
To clean your appliance
You will brush your teeth the way you normally brush. However, make sure you brush the roof of your mouth thoroughly. In addition, a waterpik can be helpful. If swelling occurs, use a warm salt water rinse 4 times per day to reduce the swelling. You need to avoid eating hard and sticky food. You will receive a list of food that you should not eat. DO NOT eat anything on this list as it may break your appliance.