What does the treatment with Removable appliances involve?
Once we have determined the best treatment path an impression or impressions will have to be taken. Next our dental technician will make the appliance requested; this normally takes about a week. Once the appliance is ready, your orthodontist will arrange an appointment where they will fit the appliance, ensuring that it is as comfortable as possible.
You will be instructed on how to put the appliance in and take it out correctly, and your orthodontist will check you can manage this easily. The function of various springs, wires or other parts of the appliance e.g. key and screw will also be explained to you or a parent/guardian at this stage. Instructions about care of the appliance and when it is ok to not wear it (usually just for cleaning) will be given both verbally and in writing along with any additional instructions required; for example the patients’ use of a screw and key or use of elastics.
Do the appliances hurt?
Most patients can expect some mild discomfort for a short period of time after an appliance has been fitted or adjusted, speech may also be affected for about a week, but perseverance will overcome these initial inconveniences.
How long does treatment last?
Once we are happy, another appointment will be made for adjustments to be made to the appliance and to review progress made, unless any problems arise, if they do, contact the practice as soon as possible so that they can be dealt with quickly and normal treatment can resume. Appointments will continue, usually at six weekly or monthly intervals where small adjustments are made to the appliance. It is sometimes necessary to take impressions to either record progress or to make new appliances until the next stage of treatment can begin.