Removable Orthodontic

What is Removable Orthodontic Appliances

a girl using removable orthodontics at dental office

Removable orthodontic appliances are able to  be removed from the mouth  because they don’t attach to teeth. They are customized to fit your mouth to aid in your orthodontic treatment plane. They could correct simple malocclusions. Your orthodontist will create your orthodontic treatment plane.

Generally, they are divided  into two groups, the first group is suitable for simple movements of teeth. The second group of removable orthodontic appliances is suitable for moving the jaw (mandible and maxilla). They are designed to apply forces to the teeth by means of spring screws and other mechanical components.

removable orthodontics

Movable orthodontics for simple tooth movement

Be noted that removable orthodontic appliances just produce a tipping movement. They can also be used as an adjunct to more complex treatments, to enhance the effect of fixed orthodontic appliances.

Advantages of removable orthodontic appliances

The use of removable appliances is considerably more limited than in the past but there are some advantages as followings:

  • You could take them out  for cleaning.
  • When you need tipping movement, it is more comfortable than fixed orthodontic appliances.
  • In case of unbearable pain or situation, you could remove them temporarily.
  • In case of unbearable pain or situation, you could remove them temporarily.
  • In case of socially sensitive occasions, you could take them out.
  • They are less conspicuous.
  • They are easy to use and a general practitioner with adequate training can undertake them.
  • They are manufacturing in the lab so your chair side time would be short.
  • They are not expensive.

removable orthodontics in dentist hands

Increasing the arch of the upper jaw with the removable orthodontic

When the orthodontist wants to increase the space of the palate or expand the space of the upper jaw, a removable screwed orthodontic is used. The way it works is that you should insert the wrench that is given to you by your orthodontist into the hole in the middle of the appliance(shown in the picture below) and move it in the direction of the yellow arrow, a quarter of the way to the tip of the arrow. If the yellow arrow is not visible, you need to move the wrench from the end of the removable orthodontic to the front of it. In such devices, you must open the screw according to the instructions given to you at the specified time with the wrench. Usually, this movement should be done once a week, but depending on the patient’s condition, it may be done once every two to three weeks.

woman using a wrench to adjust a movable orthodontic screw

Using the special wrench to adjust the screw in removable orthodontic

Limitations on using removable orthodontic appliances

The orthodontist  prefers the best appliance according to the deformity of teeth and jaws. Some malocclusions are treated by removable and other discrepancies need fixed appliances.

There are some limitations on using removable orthodontic appliances.

  • They are applicable for simple malocclusions.
  • Removable orthodontic appliances couldn’t correct multiple rotations
  • Patients who are uncooperative may leave out the appliance during prolonged treatment.
  • Lower appliance not well tolerated and they are not comfort

Removable Orthodontics FAQ

1-Can Patients Choose the Type of Orthodontics Treatment?

According to the type of malocclusion, the specialist decides which appliance should be suggested to the patient.

2-How long is the Duration of Removable Orthodontic Treatment?

The length of treatment depends on the type of malocclusion,  severity, teeth crowding, jaw alignment, and so forth. In some cases, fixed and removable braces are used together. The orthodontist estimates the approximate treatment time in the initial appointment.

3- When should patients use removable orthodontics?

Removable orthodontics are used in 2 cases, firstly, to correct the jaws. Second,  they are used as retainers at the end of fixed orthodontics treatment.

4- Fixed Orthodontics Vs. Removable Orthodontics?

If the purpose is to fix mispositioned jaws, removable orthodontics should be used. However, fixed orthodontics is used for changing tooth location.

5- Can I Eat with Removable Orthodontics?

It is recommended to take out the removable orthodontics before eating. After brushing your teeth, put the removable orthodontics back in your mouth. h. A healthy diet is required, in order to have healthier and cleaner teeth. A good example would be: eating food rich in vitamins and minerals, avoiding  sticky and hard foods, and food with low nutritional value.

6- What beverages should I  Avoid with Removable Orthodontics?

Take out your removable orthodontics before consuming carbonated drinks, sweets, energy drinks, and colored drinks. Put the removable orthodontics back in your mouth immediately after brushing your teeth.

Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

About Dr Abdolreza Jamilian Orthodontist

Dr. Jamilian, an orthodontist, has a specialized fellowship in orthodontic surgery and maxillofacial abnormalities and is a professor in the orthodontics department of the Dentistry School of the Islamic Azad University. He is member of Iranian and European Board of Orthodontics (EBO) and is a member of the Iranian, American and European Orthodontists Association.

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