Quad Helix Appliance
A quad helix appliance is a customized, non-visible expansion appliance that exerts light and controlled force on the upper teeth. Dr. Stosich uses it to widen the upper jaw in the front and/or back of a patient’s mouth, and it can also be used to rotate the first molars, if needed. A quad helix may be recommended to correct a dental crossbite or to widen the upper arch to allow adequate space for crowded teeth to move to their ideal locations.
The quad helix will ensure that the upper dental arch more closely matches the lower arch, while ensuring there is enough room for all of a patient’s permanent teeth. The device is not removable, and does not require any adjustment by the patient. It fits behind the teeth, and works slowly and gently to adjust the upper jaw. It may take a few days for a patient to get used to wearing the appliance, but in no time, the patient will forget about it while the quad helix accomplishes its goal. Dr. Stosich designs each quad helix uniquely for each patient, allowing for the highest level of comfort and efficiency.