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Removable Appliances

Examples of these removable appliances are Schwartz expanders, oral screens, bionators and bite plates. Removable appliances are often used to 1) Influence growth of the jaws in order to effect changes in facial structure and 2) Improve functional habits, such as tongue thrusting or digit sucking. They can be used before and in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems. It takes skill, and experience to recognize conditions that will respond favorably to removable appliances. Timing of such therapy also is very important.

Removable appliances require diligent patient cooperation and appliance care. Although you may initially notice difficulty in eating and speaking and an increase saliva, you can quickly adjust to the appliance.