Fixed braces aren’t the only option! Slight displacements can be easily corrected with removable braces. The lab-produced “brackets” made of plastics come with a flexible stainless steel wire and orthodontic screws. This allows for the adjustment of both tooth and jaw displacements.
The major advantage of removable braces is how easy they are to maintain, as they can be comfortably removed before every meal. A loose “bracket” can also be cleaned with particular ease, whereby the risk of decay and the development of periodontal disease is extremely low.
What should one remember when wearing removable braces?
Anyone who doesn’t take the “loose” braces seriously and rarely wears them risks new displacement of the teeth, and ensures that the treatment will be unnecessarily extended. It is recommended that they be worn about 12 hours out of the day. Even though wearing removable braces can take some getting used to for the first few weeks, they should still remain in the mouth when speaking. The exceptions are when the patient is eating or playing sports.
If the mandibular arches are too narrow by nature, your orthodontist in Egerkingen will equip the braces with small metal screws that have to be adjusted every week. This way the jaw will be gently and constantly widened, offering sufficient room for all of the teeth. The small metal screws should be screwed in the manner instructed every week. This is usually marked by an arrow.
What are the different types of removable braces?
As concerns functional orthodontic apparatuses we have various methods of regulating the jaw position, and thus controlling harmonious facial growth. The braces also reinforce the masticatory muscles and rectify impairments in muscle function.
We generally work with the so-called “headgear mono block”.
An activator is primarily used for retrusive occlusion, a so-called distal occlusion. This occlusion, typical for newborns, generally normalises throughout the first year after birth. Should self-regulation not set in or if the upper jaw once again shifts forward, e.g. as a result of thumb-sucking, this is a clear case for orthodontic treatment.
The activator’s role lies in correcting the position of the jaws and teeth during growth. To put it simply: Wearing removable braces influences jaw growth in that the activator is described by orthodontists as an “orthodontic training device”. It should thus not be worn less than 14 hours under any circumstances.
So-called functional regulators aim to activate bone growth in the upper jaw and midface. The extensive plastic segments in the cheek and lip areas serve to exert tension on certain muscles and stimulate the growth of the corresponding bone areas.
Why are follow-up visits with your orthodontist so important?
Successful completion of treatment requires that your orthodontist regularly check up on and adjust the braces. An appointment should especially be made with your orthodontist in the event of severe pain, or if the braces are lost or damaged.