Removable appliances can effective at correcting certain types of orthodontic problems but they must be worn as instructed for these appliances to work effectively! There are several kinds of orthodontic appliances that are not attached to the teeth. They are called removable appliances because they are inserted and removed by the patient.
Removable appliances can be used to accomplish simple tooth movement or they may be used to correct jaw discrepancies. In addition, they may be used before and in conjunction with fixed orthodontic appliances. Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems. It takes skill, and experience to recognize conditions that will respond favorably to removable appliances. Timing of such therapy is also equally very important. Removable appliances include headgear, functional appliances, retainers and many more.
Removable appliances such as retainers are also used to retain teeth in their corrected positions once the braces are removed.