Removable braces are mainly used during the early part of treatment and are very successfully used in younger children (7-9 years) for a period, three to twelve months. Examples of the use of removable appliances are to:
- correct crossbites & deep bites
- move upper molars further back into the mouth with the help of headgear
- widen the upper arch by wearing a palatal expander where the central screw mechanism which is operated by the patient
Removable appliances are rarely the only appliance used straighten teeth. It aims to correct only one or two specific problems during early development and is normally followed up with fixed braces at 11-13 years of age.
Functional appliances are mainly used to treat underdeveloped lower jaws. There are many types of functional appliances, most which are removable for cleaning and in some cases for eating.
Functional appliances are very effective at changing the way the teeth bite together and work by holding the lower jaw in a forward position for around 9 to 12 months. Our choice of functional appliance is a “Twinblock”, which is an upper and lower removable brace which forces the lower jaw forward.