An orthodontic removable appliance is a small plate worn to correct early dental problems. They are commonly used for the correction of bite problems such as an overbite, single tooth problems or jaw expansion. The plate may be coloured, have sparkles or may have a picture placed within the plastic.
At Impression Orthodontics, we will inspect the plate regularly and adjust the plastic or wires. The patient is given strict instructions on when to wear the appliance, and when it may be removed. You will most often be told to remove the plate for certain activities, such as eating and cleaning.
When you take the plate out, store it in its protective box to avoid loss or damage. Do not play with your plate by clicking it in and out with your tongue as this will make it loose. Do not alter the number of hours that you wear your plate without the permission of your orthodontist, as you will often find it doesn't fit properly, and you will need to have a new one made.
When you first get your plate, it will take between 24 and 48 hours to get used too. You may experience some discomfort and possibly some looseness of the teeth. Do not panic and try to live through this time wearing the plate as much as possible. You will become accustomed to it!
We may tell you to wear the plate only at night in the beginning, until you get used to it. Speech will be affected at first, but will quickly return to normal. An increase in your saliva flow will also occur.
You are responsible for wearing the plate as prescribed. Your treatment will only be successful if you adhere to our instructions. Remember, our specialist orthodontists have spent eight years at university training and treated thousands of patients, so they will know if you have bent the rules!
It is important that you do not use the front wire to remove your plate, as this will distort it. Take out your plate by using the wires at the back. Clean your plate at least twice a day with toothpaste and a toothbrush.
If you lose or damage your plate, please call us. A charge may apply for repair or replacement, so keep it in your mouth, or in the case we supply you with!
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You should always read and follow the label and the instructions of your treating orthodontist.