When orthodontic treatment is recommended for children between the ages of 8 and 14, removable braces are the preferred method as long as the child still has milk teeth. Depending on the brace design, they are used to restrain or direct growth spurts in order to promote the growth of underdeveloped jaws or jaw sections, or to control growth in overdeveloped jaws.
Each milk tooth also serves as a placeholder for the following permanent tooth. If you lose a milk tooth prematurely because of cavities, an inflammation or an accident, a substitute must be provided. This appliance is removable and is only worn at night. It keeps the gap open for the permanent tooth yet to come. The patient does not require any active treatment to the tooth or correction of the jaw.
This appliance is an orthodontic function device. It works by controlling the growth of the jaw parts and adjusting the tongue, chewing and lip functions. The bite jumper used by Adentics has two bars to shift the lower jaw forward, each of which screws into the upper and lower mandible to stretch the jaw. Usually only the screws in the upper jaw have to be affixed.
Frankel functional appliance
This appliance is an orthodontic function device. It works by controlling the growth of the jaw parts and adjusting the tongue, chewing and lip functions. At first sight it looks quitey large, but in fact they offer maximum comfort since the movement of the tongue is not restricted.
The active plate is a removable appliance with spring elements for tooth movement or screws to lengthen the jaw. A stretching time of at least 16 hours per day is recommended to produce the optimal result. To move the screws our patients receive two positioning keys: one straight and one bent. The springs are activated by the dental staff.
This appliance is an orthodontic function device. It works by controlling growth of the jaw parts and adjusting the tongue, chewing and lip functions. The devices used by Adentics are the flexible-open activator, the Bionator, and the Berliner activator.
Retention appliance / Retention braces
These clips are used after the conclusion of an active orthodontic treatment and serve to protect the treated tooth and jaw position. Retaining clips are usually worn only at night. Since teeth, unfortunately, change their position all through one’s life, retaining clips should also be worn all through one’s life. As an adult, wearing them occasionally (2 nights a week) is generally sufficient.
Advantages and disadvantages of removable braces
- Very hygienic
- Take advantage of growth
Publicly insured patients
Public insurance does not cover everything, but we are up front about informing you about the additional costs in our practice and are happy to advise you about payment options.
Privately insured patients
For private patients the additional costs that may arise depend on your individal policy coverage.
Financing is possible; please ask us about available options. See also Costs
- Possible speech impediment during wearing
- Like all attached braces, some pressure pain at the beginning
- Requires disciplined wearing regimen
- Not possible for all malpositioned teeth