Removable appliances or plates are useful for undertaking a limited number of tooth movements but usually for early treatment involving arch expansion to correct cross-bite
For any removable appliance to work efficiently it must be worn according to the orthodontist’s instructions, usually for 20 hours each day at least.
Your plate should be removed for playing contact sports, swimming, eating and tooth brushing.
To safeguard the health of the teeth while the plate is being used the teeth and brace must be kept clean at all times, so keep your toothbrush handy throughout the day. Also it is a good idea to soak the plates in an antibacterial solution for a few hours at least weekly.
Removable appliances are expensive to make and repair so take care of them – keep them safe in your’ brace box’ when they are not in your mouth.