Dental Plates as an Alternative to Braces


According to statistics, only one of ten people on the planet is born with the right bite. Then why are people with an uneven bite not so often seen on the street? Because, firstly, not all people with this problem are noticeable. Well, and secondly, after all, it’s not the Middle Ages, medicine has been developing. Today, there are many effective ways to correct bite defects.

Many patients still have a stereotype that teeth defect can only be treated with braces. But doctors who use the newest methods in their work assure that this is not so. It is no longer necessary to force your child to live with braces, and which will cause discomfort. Parents have another option. Since orthodontic devices can be removable, the braces are non-removable. A removable system is dental plates. What are they special with? During brushing you can remove dental plate, unlike brackets. In which cases should we use dental plates?

  • There is abnormal occlusion
  • Teeth are curved or inclined to grimace.
  • To avoid growing teeth in the wrong direction.
  • To stimulate or restrain growth of the jaw.
  • To adjust the width of palate.
  • To stimulate the jawbone shape.
  • There is a noticeable diastema.

Any orthodontic device for treating bite works due to the gentle pressure that it makes on teeth and bone of the jaw. And this allows teeth to stand in the right position. There is a common mistake to confuse notions “dental plate” and “braces”. This is not the same! The most effective installation of dental plate will be at an early age. The sooner a problem is discovered, the sooner it is eliminated.

Types of Plates for Teeth

Removable Dental Plates

They are made of high-tech plastic. It is difficult to argue with the fact that ability to remove plates for food and cleaning time is a considerable advantage. In addition, material features almost 100% guarantee this is allergy free. Given the ease of use and effectiveness, such plates are prescribed for children and adolescents. The removable plates for teeth have certain limitations. They work only with respect to not very serious bite pathologies. That is why they are prescribed to children, because their bodies are not fully formed and therapeutic effect is much easier. Period of wearing a plate to achieve a therapeutic effect depends on the specific situation. Usually they are worn one and a half to two years. To "twist" a plate for teeth: some versions of removable dental plates need to be managed and fixed. This is necessary in case when so-called "Bertoni screw" is present in the device design. For successful treatment, the screw must be periodically twisted with a special key, pulling metal arcs together. There is nothing difficult in this. If doctor prescribes removable dental plates for your child, he will, for sure, explain how and in what direction to twist the screw.

Fixed Dental Plates

This is about dental plates for adults. This system is used, basically, for aligning external teeth line. Non- removable plate for aligning teeth is a system of metal arches, going through special locks. These arches are tightened, gradually leveling the bite. Such plates are often assigned to adults with problems, for example, of diastema between teeth. This device is also effective for serious bite deformities. Wearing these plates, as well as other means of treating the wrong bite, takes some years (usually two years). You need to wear these dental plates if there is a need to correct shape of the jaw, to change the palate width, to influence growth process of the jaws, and to perform function of the retainers. After braces treatment, dental plates do not allow teeth to "slip" back into the curvature. So, dental plate is quite a self-sufficient technique for treating some bite pathologies. On top of that, sometimes its use is preferable to the use of braces. However, only a doctor can help you decide on the best treatment option that is right for you.

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