Indications for removable appliance therapy

| December 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Indications for removable appliance therapy

The role of removable appliances in the contemporary management of malocclusion is much more restrictive than it has been in the past principally because of the more widespread use of fixed appliances and a greater awareness of the limitations of removable appliances. Removable appliances are best used in the following situations:

• where tilting movement of teeth is desirable and acceptable
• to maintain space in the mixed or early permanent dentition
• to help to transmit forces to groups of teeth (e.g. for arch expansion or distal movement of buccal segments)
• to free the occlusion and facilitate crossbite correction or other tooth movement
• to produce overbite reduction

• when minor rotation of an incisor or extrusion and rotation (with a fixed attachment) is required
• as a retainer following removable or fixed appliance treatment.

Category: Orthodontics, WIKI

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