Herbst Appliance

Dr. Anderson was one of the first orthodontists in the Houston area to introduce the Herbst Appliance Technology. The Herbst appliance, which comes in many designs, orthopedically advances the lower jaw and teeth in lower jaw undergrowth cases. As the headgear worked to hold or retract the upper jaw, the Herbst actually “takes the bad jaw” to the “good jaw” and maintains upper lip fullness and pleasing naso-labial angles. Profiles are improved, and many cases which would require a surgical lower jaw advancement to advance the lower teeth and jaw can now avoid this invasive procedure. Approximately sixty percent of Dr. Anderson’s patients present with a lower jaw undergrowth problem.