There are a number of different oral appliances available for young patients who require early orthodontics and for patients who need a retainer post-treatment.
Unlike braces, which are attached directly to the teeth, removable appliances can be used for early intervention cases. Removable retainers and fixed retainers are designed to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position once the patient’s braces are removed.
It takes skill and experience to recognise conditions that will respond favourably to removable appliances, and the timing of using this therapy is extremely important.
The role of oral appliances in orthodontics
- Create space in the mouth
- Hold spaces for missing teeth
- Correct jaw and bite relationships
- Expand the arch to correct bite problems
- Address patients whose teeth are in cross bite
- Correct cases where the upper front teeth protrude
- Correct cases where the lower front teeth protrude
- Address patients whose upper or lower arches are too narrow
- Retain the alignment of the teeth after braces and orthodontic treatments
Do you think you or your child could benefit from a retainer or an oral appliance? Or perhaps you already have a retainer and want to know more about it. Discover more about retainers and early intervention orthodontics with oral appliances with our frequently asked questions below.
How do retainers work?
Retainers are generally prescribed after orthodontic treatments. There are several different types of retainers – some are fixed to the teeth and others are removable. They work by keeping the teeth in position so that they can properly set in their new place inside the jaw bone. Retainers keep the teeth stable, allowing your bones and gums to adjust to the new positions.
Do you have to get a retainer after braces?
Just about every orthodontic patient will require a retainer after treatment. Retainers are important because they stop your teeth from shifting into their old alignment. If you want your treatment to last a lifetime, it is important that you follow the instruction of your orthodontist in regards to your retainer – otherwise you may need braces again down the track!
How to clean retainers
You can clean a removable retainer with fluoride toothpaste and a toothbrush. Make sure the toothpaste is not abrasive. Gently brush your retainer before and after wear to keep it from collecting bacteria. Dr Tan will discuss with you the most appropriate brushing and hygiene routine during your appointment.
How necessary is early orthodontic treatment with oral appliance therapy?
This is a widely discussed topic amongst orthodontists. The needs for each child will vary depending on the severity of their case. The most common cause for early orthodontics would be where the child suffers from functionality problems or a speech impediment. This is why Dr Tan recommends young patients attend an orthodontic assessment at a young age. At this appointment he can provide you with accurate advice on the most appropriate course of action for your child.
Oral appliances, like retainers, are often used for early intervention orthodontics. They are designed to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position once a patient’s braces have been removed.
Besides helping to retain the alignment of the teeth after braces and other orthodontic treatments, oral appliances have a range of functions. They help to create space in the mouth, correct jaw and bite relationships, expand the arch to correct bite problems, and address issues associated with protruding teeth and narrow upper or lower arches.
In most cases, retainers are recommended after orthodontic treatments. There are a number of retainers available, including removable and fixed types. They work by keeping the teeth in their position, which allows them to remain in their new place inside the jaw bone. Retainers work by stabilising the teeth, and allow the bones and gums to properly adjust to their new positions.
Most patients will need to get a retainer after treatment, and they play an important role in ensuring that your teeth don’t shift out of place and back into their old alignment. For the best results, be sure to follow your orthodontist’s instructions when it comes to wearing your retainer.
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