Removable appliances, unlike conventional braces, are used to maintain teeth in their corrected positions and in some cases, to influence growth of the jaws in order to effect changes in facial structure. They are often used before or in conjunction with fixed appliances.
Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems. Timing of treatment is very important in deciding whether removable appliances will be effective. Since removable appliances can easily be taken out by the patient, there may be a tendency not to wear them as we have prescribed. If this happens, the teeth, jaws and muscles may move back toward their original positions.
Removable appliances require patience and care. Although you may initially notice an effect on eating and speaking, along with an increase in the flow of saliva, you will eventually adjust to the appliance.