In some situations, fixed braces are not the ideal appliances to bring about the required corrective changes to the bite, and a removable brace would be more appropriate. These are essentially used to move a limited number of teeth and also for the widening of narrow jaws.
These appliances have a plastic base with hand-made wires and components that have a specific action. Some of these components are used to secure the brace to the teeth, and some are designed to move teeth.
Often we can design these to be more inconspicuous and invisible to any onlookers.
Removable appliances are often used for children, and are comfortable to wear. Their insertion or removable does not cause any pain. Removal allows proper cleaning of the teeth.
You will be recommended this option if your orthodontist feels that this may be the best solution for you or your child.
See also: Aftercare – Removable Braces
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. There are often numerous benefits to having brace treatment before the coming through of all permanent teeth such as prevention of potential complex problems and making future treatment much more simple.
If left untreated, crooked teeth could lead to an improper bite, tooth wear, tooth injury and even tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can also lead to a decrease in one’s self-confidence. Treatment by our specialist orthodontists 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.
This does not mean that all children need treatment at the age of 8. However, it does allow your orthodontist to determine whether your child could benefit from early intervention with simple and relatively brief cost-effective treatment.
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