Appliances are used during various stages of the orthodontic process, either to retain the new position of teeth, or in some cases to influence the growth of the jaws for a better bite alignment. Appliances may be fixed or removable.
As with retainers, all orthodontic appliances should be worn as prescribed. They should be brushed and cleaned while you brush your teeth, if intra-oral, or once a day if extra-oral. If removed for eating or sports, it should be placed in its case, never in a pocket or napkin where it may break or get thrown away.
It is normal for new or recently adjusted appliances to cause soreness or a slight alteration of speech for a few days following your appointment. If you experience a sore spot on the gums, however, please call our office so that we can make an appropriate adjustment.
It is also normal for spacing to open between the teeth with some of these appliances. Although usually it closes on its own, we will address any remaining space accordingly.