What are the advantages and disadvantages of removable appliances?

By Dr. Vishaal Bhat on Sunday 20 December 2009 with 0 comments



Advantages:
o        They can be removed on socially sensitive occasions, making them more acceptable to patients
o        They are fabricated in the laboratory rather than directly in the patients mouth, reducing the dentist's chair time
o        They allow some types of growth guidance treatment to be carried out more readily than is possible with fixed appliances


Disadvantages:
o        The response to the treatment is heavily dependent on patient compliance, since the appliance can only be effective when the patient chooses to wear it
o        It is difficult to obtain the two point contacts on teeth necessary to produce complex tooth movements, which means the appliance itself may limit the possibilities for treatment

Category: Orthodontics Notes

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