Removable appliance – for basic tooth movement
The earlier orthodontic problems are identified, the better your chances are of needing less treatment. That is why it is recommended children have an orthodontic assessment between the ages of 7 and 11. During this time their teeth and jaw are still growing so we’re able to identify any issues they may have in the future and plan for it accordingly. In younger children, minor movements of teeth may be needed which is when we’d recommend a removable appliance.
The removable appliance process
A removable appliance is used for basic tooth movements, particularly in younger children who still have their baby teeth. They are also used to help correct your child’s bite. If we believe your child could benefit from wearing a removable appliance the process would start with us taking an impression of their teeth. This allows an appliance to be custom made to your child’s teeth specifications.
To get the best results from removable appliances, it is recommended your child wear it for approximately 6 to 9 months. However, every case is different so we’ll advise you how long your child will need to wear it as part of their treatment plan. The more they wear their removable appliance the quicker and more effective the treatment will be, but it can be removed for eating and cleaning.
The benefits of removable appliances
- Helps reduce your crossbite
- Effective for minor tooth movements
- Gentle on baby teeth
- Produces results within 6 to 9 months
- Can be removed for eating and cleaning