Resmer Orthodontics

Spreading smiles


Lindsay Resmer, DDS

16000 Prosperity Dr, Ste 500
Noblesville, IN 46060

3905 N. Wheeling Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304

(317) 774-8480

Types of Appliances

elastics (rubber bands)


Elastics (Rubber Bands)

Wearing elastics (or rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed, and remember that the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they're worn as prescribed.




Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an overbite, with the upper jaw forward of the lower jaw, or an underbite with the lower jaw forward of the upper jaw. Headgear gently "pulls" on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.


MARA Appliance

The MARA (Mandibular Anterior Repositioning Appliance) is a powerful and effective bite corrector and is used to reduce/correct the excessive horizontal overlap between upper and lower front teeth commonly referred to by lay people as "overbite". This appliance causes the lower jaw and lower teeth to move forward and the upper molars/teeth to move backward thus correcting the "overbite". In a growing individual the MARA helps to encourage a more favorable and balanced position of the lower jaw in relationship to the upper jaw improving the overall jaw balance and facial appearance, in addition to "overbite" correction. We often call the MARA the "invisible headgear" because in many ways it does what a traditional headgear would do but without the need to wear the actual headgear that makes kids feel self-conscious about their appearance. Also, because the MARA is attached to your teeth and braces without being able to be taken out, its working full time, 24 hours a day, to fix the "overbite" and improve the jaw balance quicker than traditional headgear treatment. The MARA is typically worn for 9-12 months, with the braces, after that time the MARA is removed and braces continue to stay on the teeth until full treatment is completed. Rubber bands (elastics)are usually used with the braces after the MARA is removed to stabilize the bite correction in preparation for treatment completion. The overall treatment time for MARA and braces together is usually 24 months, thus MARA usually stays in the mouth for about half of the time.


palatal expander

Palatal Expander

The palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.




Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks.




Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.



Separators or Spacers

Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods, toothpicks, or floss.

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