Plastic Surgery

Removable appliances

What is the Removable appliances?

Removable appliances may be used to move selected teeth, to hold selected teeth in place, to influence growth of the jaws, and to influence tooth eruption. They are often used in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Types of removable orthodontic appliances

There are several types of removable orthodontic appliances:

- functional appliances;

- simple removable appliances. These are very simple appliances which clip on to the teeth (usually the upper ones) and they can bring about simple tipping movements such as moving a tooth forwards that is trapped behind the bite (i.e. in a ‘crossbite’). They are also used for interceptive treatment on young patients who are not yet ready for a comprehensive correction but need some early intervention to prevent other problems developing;

- invisible aligners (e.g. Invisalign). Invisible aligners involve a series of custom-made clear removable aligners which fit over your teeth. There are no metal wires or brackets. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, moving your teeth gradually – millimetre by millimetre – until they are straighter. You may not get perfect alignment of your teeth with invisible aligners only, because this is rarely achieved with removable braces. Some patients may require a short period with fixed appliances as well to achieve the best result. Invisible aligners only work while you are wearing the aligners and these should be worn all of the time, day and night, except for eating, contact sports and brushing.

- retainers.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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