Removable Orthodontic Appliances

What are Removable Orthodontic Appliances?
Removable Orthodontic Appliances are used in correction of Malocclusion cases which are mild as the amount of force exerted by the appliances are not heavy and not constant as seen in Fixed Braces. So an Orthodontist plans for Removable Orthodontic appliances in selected cases and it comes with many limitations which have to be kept in mind before giving a removable appliance. Removable Orthodontic Appliances are given in three scenarios, pre-treatment ( habit breaking appliances), mid-treatment and post treatment (Hawley’s) to maintain the change achieved with fixed treatment. They are also used solely in mild cases, like mild rotation of single tooth where fingerprint etc can be used.

What are the Advantages of Removable Appliance?
• Easy for cleaning
• Relatively simple, can be handled by general practitioner
• Control is less complex
• If there is a problem, the appliance can be removed by patient
• Time required by clinical to active an appliance is less
• In case of unbearable pain or situation, you could remove them temporarily.
• In case of socially sensitive occasion, you could take them out.
• They are less conspicuous.
• They are easy to use and a general practitioner with adequate training can undertake them.
• Less expensive

How long is the Duration of Removable Orthodontic Treatment?
The length of treatment depends on the type of malocclusion, its 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

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