Removable Appliances

Removable Appliances

Removable appliances, unlike conventional braces, are used to retain teeth in their corrected positions.  In some cases, they are used to influence the growth of the jaws to effect changes in the facial structure.  In addition, they are often used before and in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems.  It takes skill and experience to recognize conditions that will respond favorably to removable appliances. The timing of such therapy is also very important.

Although removable appliances can easily be taken out by the patient, there may be a tendency to not wear them as we have prescribed.  This means your teeth, jaws, and muscles may move back toward their original positions.

Removable appliances require care.  Although you may notice an effect in eating and speaking, along with an increase in the flow of saliva, you will eventually adjust to the appliance.