In some situations, fixed braces are not the ideal appliances to bring about the required changes to the bite, and a removable brace has to be used. These are essentially used to move a limited number of teeth and also for the widening of narrow jaws. They are also used in situations to bring about certain required bite changes when it may not be possible with any alternative orthodontic system.
These appliances have a plastic base with custom-made wires and components that have a specific action. Some of these components are used to secure the brace to the teeth.
Often we can design these to be more inconspicuous and invisible to any onlookers.
Removable appliances are very comfortable to wear. Their insertion or removable does not cause any pain. You will be recommended this option if your orthodontist feels that this may be the best solution for you.
Sometimes fixed braces are not the ideal appliances to bring about the required changes to the bite, and a removable brace has to be used. A typical removable brace consists of a plastic base and custom-made metal wire components. Some of these wires are designed to keep the brace secured to the teeth, and some are designed to move teeth, or expand the jaws.
A removable brace simply clips onto the teeth and can be easily fitted or removed. Its insertion or removal does not cause any pain. Removal allows proper cleaning of the teeth.
Removable braces are often used for young children or adolescents.
Here at Elite Orthodontics we recommend that children should have an orthodontic opinion at around the age of 8. Our specialist orthodontists can detect many developing problems at this age which can be addressed with removable braces.
Occasionally treatment is necessary before the eruption of all permanent teeth in order to prevent potential problems or to avoid the need for or at least simplify future treatment with fixed braces.
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth at a young age could also lead to a decrease in a child’s self-confidence.
Treatment by our specialist orthodontists with a removable brace to correct the original problem is often less costly than the additional dental care required to treat more serious problems that can develop in later years. For example, we can used removable braces as expanders to widen the dental arches and create more space for future adult teeth, thus avoiding the need for extraction of permanent teeth.
Another type of removable braces are functional braces. Common problems addressed by functional braces are protruding upper or lower front teeth, lower teeth biting into the gum of the roof of the mouth, poor bite of the back teeth, or a non-idea facial appearance such as a receding lower jaw.
At Elite Orthodontics, we recognise that using functional appliances appropriately will also reduce the risk of trauma and damage to protruding upper front teeth.
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