Removable Braces

What are removable braces?

These are appliances which can be removed from the mouth and are usually made from acrylic with some metal components. Mostly, they are used in the upper jaw although they are sometimes used in the lower jaw.

When are removable braces used?

They can be used to achieve simple tooth movements or changes in the bite and are suitable for patients of all ages. It's not uncommon for a patient under the age of 10 to wear a removable brace to correct a problem with their bite (a crossbite).

How are they made?

All that is required is an impression or scan (detailed record of your teeth and bite) which even the youngest of patients can easily cope with. This is sent to a laboratory with instructions of the type of removable brace that is need. Construction of the braces usually takes between 1 and 3 weeks.

How often will I need to be seen by the orthodontist?

You will need to be reviewed every 4 to 8 weeks as the brace will become loose with time and the parts of the brace moving the teeth will also need adjusting.

How long will treatment with a removable brace take?

Treatment duration varies from just a few months to about 12 months depending on the tooth and bite changes desired.