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Removable Orthodontic Appliances

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Pediatric Dental Appliances in Plano, Tx

Pediatric dental appliances, like top and bottom retainers, are commonly used in Plano, TX to correct dental issues in children. Removable appliances are effective in moving and holding selected teeth, and influencing jaw growth and tooth eruption, often used together with fixed appliances. However, not all orthodontic problems can be addressed with removable appliances, and good compliance is necessary since patients can easily remove them. Working with an experienced orthodontist, regular check-ups and following instructions can ensure optimal results.

Retainers​

Removable Orthodontic Appliances

After braces are removed, retainers are used to hold the teeth in their correct positions. It's crucial to follow the orthodontist's instructions regarding retainer wear to prevent the teeth from moving back to their original positions. Cleaning the retainers is also essential. After meals, it's recommended to use a toothbrush to clean all parts of the retainer. Retainers are delicate, and handling them with care is vital. Losing retainers is common, so it's essential to keep them safe in a retainer case when not in use. By following these guidelines, patients can maintain the desired position of their teeth and keep their smiles looking beautiful.

Elastics​

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Elastics are attached to braces to move teeth by exerting a consistent force, requiring daily changes and constant wear. Skipping elastics can increase treatment time. Wear them as directed, remove only when brushing, and carry spares. Don't double up if you forget one day. 

If elastics break frequently, a wire or band loosens, or a hook breaks off, patients should call the office immediately. These issues should be corrected as soon as possible and not wait until the next appointment. By following these guidelines, patients can ensure that their treatment progresses smoothly and efficiently.