The Nance holding arch is generally worn to maintain space in the upper arch until the permanent teeth erupt.

You must avoid eating certain foods when the appliance is in your mouth. Do not eat anything sticky, chewy, very hard or crunchy like gum, caramels, taffy, Gummy Bears, beef jerky, ice, nuts, hard candies, popcorn, etc. These foods can loosen the bands from your teeth or bend the wire.

Brush your teeth as usual, paying attention to the bands that hold the appliance in. Brush gently along the gum line to remove the plaque and then brush the wire and plastic pad in the roof of your mouth. Extra brushing is important. Brush often, after eating and at bedtime.

Call our office for an appointment if:

  • A band feels loose.
  • You think your appliance needs to be checked.
  • You have any questions.