Permanent dental work isn’t always an option. There are many types of removable dental appliances for a wide range of products and services.
Removable dental appliances restore and protect your teeth and keep them from shifting out of place. Some removable dental appliances are for solely for cosmetic purposes.
are removable dental appliances used to replace missing teeth. These appliances are very important because they can cause your remaining teeth to shift and cause bite problems, speech impediments, and bone loss.
There are many types of removable dental appliances for restoring teeth:
replace one or many teeth. Unlike a dental bridge, removable partial dentures can be removed for cleaning.
If you have lost all your teeth, full dentures restore
functions and slow down bone loss. While full dentures have been around for many years, there have been some marked improvements in recent years. To help keep them in place, removable dentures can be secured with magnets attached to dental implants.
One’s teeth go through a tremendous amount of wear and tear in a lifetime. Teeth are susceptible to erosion, chipping, and breaking. To help protect and correct your teeth, many types of mouth guards are available.
A mouth guard
protects teeth during sports activities. Mouth guards cushion your teeth against force, helping prevent broken, knocked-out, or injured teeth. Mouth guards are available over-the-counter. To get a better fit and increased protection, a custom-fitted mouth guard is recommended.
Like a mouth guard, a night guard
is a removable dental appliance that covers the surface of your teeth. It’s worn at night to protect against bruxism (teeth grinding), which can wear the teeth down and cause trauma to the jaw.
Night guards like the Silent Nite® device can help prevent snoring. These removable oral appliances reposition the jaw or tongue to open the airway and reduce the soft tissue vibrations that cause snoring. While anti-snoring devices aren’t designed to protect teeth, they are designed to prevent teeth grinding.
Removable orthodontic appliances can give your teeth a break.
widen the upper jaw by applying gentle pressure to the upper molars each time an adjustment is made. The doctors will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to reinforce the expansion and prevent regression.
may be fixed or removable. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after they have been straightened. The orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and how long you’ll wear it. Wearing your retainer as directed is vital to prevent regression of your treatment.