Removable appliances

Removable appliance

Removable appliances are generally used to widen the upper or lower arch. The appliance is made of a plastic plate with metal wires inside the plastic creating a force to move the teeth. The appliance must be worn all the time except when playing sport and cleaning the teeth and appliance. Contact us to find out more about removable appliances.

A removable appliance is made from a plastic plate with wires coming from the sides, which grip the teeth to keep the brace in place. It has a limited number of uses, mainly because it is restricted to moving single teeth and widening either the upper or lower arches. It is important to understand that though your parents might have had one of these in their day, it isn’t a precision appliance and cannot be used for complicated or fine tooth movements.

For a removable appliance to be effective, it must be worn all the time except when playing sports and cleaning the braces. In the initial period after one of these is fitted it might feel strange because the plastic plates tend to occupy a bit of space in your mouth, but you will soon get used to it. The mouth also tends to produce more saliva than usual because the brain interprets the presence of the appliance as food; this tends to go after one or two days. If you experience any irritation of the cheek, gum or tongue, the orthodontist can adjust the appliance to make it more comfortable. These appliances need to be kept in a safe place when not being worn because they are easily lost. Wrapping them in tissue is a common mistake and occasionally there have been reports of these appliances being placed on the toilet cistern and subsequently disappearing down the loo. The best place to keep it is in a brace case, which will prevent it from getting broken or thrown away.

In the same way as you keep your teeth clean, you should also clean your brace, utilising the cleaning solutions and instructions given to you by your orthodontist. It is not advisable to use your grandfather’s denture cleaning solution!

You will have regular appointments for adjustments and monitoring of this appliance. If the brace becomes loose or breaks, you would also be required to contact your orthodontist as soon as possible.

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