Mobile braces

Children aged between five and eleven often use removable braces. The function of the braces is the same as with fixed ones, but the design is tailored to accommodate growing teeth. Children wear the braces for at least four hours a day, including overnight, allowing them the flexibility to omit wearing them at school. They remove the braces during meals, with a mandatory teeth brushing before putting them back on.

Mobile braces are visible and can somewhat affect speech, although children quickly adapt to speaking clearly with the appliance.

In addition to correcting bites and teeth positions, they also help in breaking habits such as thumb-sucking, pushing teeth with the tongue, and mouth breathing. In this type of therapy, it is crucial for the patient to be disciplined and wear the braces regularly, as consistent use is key to achieving satisfactory results.
These devices are made with a plastic component holding metal wires that come into contact with the teeth. They are very user-friendly and easy to maintain, which is crucial in childhood orthodontic care.

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Mobile braces

Depending on the mode of action, different orthodontic devices exist:

  • Active orthodontic devices
    Functional orthodontic devices

Active orthodontic devices are affixed to the teeth using wire elements (the passive part of the device). They stably stay in the mouth and contain active elements that act on:

  • Moving individual teeth or groups of teeth
  • Expanding and shaping the jaws and dental arches
  • Maintaining achieved results after fixed brace therapy

Functional orthodontic devices base their effect on activating the function of a specific muscle group. They produce a force that’s transferred to the bone tissue (upper and lower jaw) and dentoalveolar structures (teeth and their supporting apparatus). These devices also influence the temporomandibular joint.

Thus, they affect growth modification, bite correction, and the correction of irregular orofacial functions (swallowing, breathing, speaking). In younger ages, they’re used for breaking bad habits, like mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, or thumb sucking.

Two visits to the dentist are necessary to make an active or passive orthodontic device. During the first visit, an impression is taken. On the second visit, the finished device is received with professional instructions on its proper use and maintenance.

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The placement of mini-implants at Dr. Minić’s Dental Clinic is a painless and safe procedure performed under local anesthesia. Mini-implants can be installed into the jawbone without a surgical incision through the mucosa. Post-operative recovery is quick and without accompanying discomfort. Unlike standard implants, mini-implants allow for immediate loading.

Mini implanti

Mini-implants most effectively address the issues faced by patients wearing complete dental prostheses who are not candidates for standard implants. The most common obstacle is the width of the bone. In such cases, a deficit in the jawbone prevents proper stabilization and retention of the prosthesis. Using mini-implants, prostheses are better stabilized, and chewing efficiency is also enhanced. Total dentures stabilized by mini-implants restore essential confidence to patients, especially during chewing or speaking.

The placement of mini-implants at Dr. Minić’s Dental Clinic is a painless and safe procedure performed under local anesthesia. Mini-implants can be installed into the jawbone without a surgical incision through the mucosa. Post-operative recovery is quick and without accompanying discomfort. Unlike standard implants, mini-implants allow for immediate loading.

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Questions & Answers

What are removable braces made of?

Removable braces are made from a combination of metal wire and acrylic. After examining the oral condition and taking an impression in consultation with the patient, the removable braces are meticulously crafted. The braces are created by forming an acrylic part based on the impression that adheres to the palate, along with the wire that is placed on the teeth. In the case of the lower jaw, the acrylic is shaped to fit the sublingual space.

At the initial stages of wearing braces, there might be some discomfort and mild pain as the teeth shift from their roots. Over time, patients adapt, so that they can wear braces without significant issues, communicating comfortably.

If there is intense pain, the braces can be removed, and in such cases, we recommend consulting with your dentist.

Although removable braces may be less effective compared to fixed ones and can only correct teeth that have not fully erupted, their main advantage is that the patient can put them on and take them off as needed.

Removable braces are, according to certain rules, mostly worn at night, allowing you to function without any issues during the day.

Additionally, this type of braces is easier to maintain.

Parents often pose this question to us. For most orthodontic issues where treatment with removable braces is indicated, teeth can be brought into correct alignment entirely. The child needs to wear the brace for a minimum of 16 hours during the day. In cases where a child has more serious irregularities, and it is necessary to wear fixed braces after the removable ones, such a treatment plan is communicated to the parents from the outset. In these instances, the removable brace serves to mitigate irregularities, i.e., to change the direction of jaw growth to a desirable one, significantly improving the final result.

However, there are situations where the desired outcomes cannot be achieved with removable braces (removable appliances) and patients in such cases are advised to await the appropriate time for treatment with fixed braces.