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What is a Braces?

Apparey in its clearest definition means a tool. In dental treatment, orthodontic appliances are often preferred. These appliances are the preferred devices for many problems that can occur in the mouth and are divided into two as removable and fixed. They are generally used inside the mouth, but in some cases they can also be preferred outside the mouth. One of the appliances frequently used by orthodontists in treatment is the palates.

What is a Braces?

Particularly for people with crowded teeth, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. The upper and lower jaws of these individuals do not close as they should. This situation is very important in terms of health as well as aesthetics.

People with incompatible jaws may have difficulty in consuming and speaking. In these individuals, it may be possible to correct the irregularity of the teeth with various devices and to ensure that the upper and lower jaws of the person are joined normally. 

All of these devices that are used during Orotdontic treatments are called appliances. The preferred appliances in these treatments are different from each other. An orthodontist specialized in the field decides which of these to use depending on the problem in the patient's mouth.

What is a Cheekpiece? What does it do?

The palate expander, also known as palate expander, is one of the generally preferred appliances in orthodontic dental treatment. They are generally preferred in the childhood phase and are preferred for adults if necessary. It is used to expand the palate and contribute to the healthy positioning of the teeth in individuals with narrow jaw structure.  The situations that require the use of the palate are as follows;

  • Individuals with narrow jaws
  • People with crowded teeth
  • Not closing the upper and lower jaw as it should

In individuals with a narrow jaw structure, some of the teeth may cause difficulty in erupting. People with impacted teeth may also be recommended to use a palate.
The human palate consists of two parts, right and left. The dental palate exerts a small force on both parts of the palate. This contributes to the expansion of the palate. In addition, the advantages of using a dental appliance are as follows;

  • Contributes to the proper positioning of the teeth.
  • It is compatible with orthopedic appliances such as braces.
  • Using a palate in early childhood reduces the risk of surgical procedures later in life.

How to use a dental appliance

Before the treatment of a fixed tooth palate, the patient is checked in detail by a specialist physician. If the person has additional problems such as tooth decay, inflammation in the gums, etc., treatment is started to eliminate these problems first.

These appliances are in two forms, fixed and removable. They are specified as dental appliances that can be applied to the upper and lower jaw. In order for this treatment to be successful, a treatment method suitable for the person should be planned. 

Therefore, the patient and the physician should decide which palate is preferred. The mouth and palate of the person should be measured in order to make the palate suitable for the person. 

The most important difference between fixed and removable braces is the ability to remove the braces at any time.

Movable appliances are a good method for oral and dental problems that are recognized at an early stage. Apart from this, these appliances are easily cleaned because they can be removed by the person. However, you should be very careful when removing them because the teeth may be damaged.

Patients who prefer a palate in childhood can get good efficiency from the use of a palate in about 2-3 months. In adults, this period varies between 4-6 months.

What are the Side Effects of Using a Cheekpiece?

It is very easy to use a dental palate. In particular, the movable dental palate is easily removed and inserted by people and is therefore very easy to clean. 

In general, braces, which are widely preferred in childhood, can be quite difficult for older individuals to get used to the braces because their bones have finished their development, and the treatment of these individuals can be quite long compared to children. Along with these, the side effects of using dental appliances are as follows;

  • Minor pain in the first few times the palate is inserted
  • Headache
  • Difficulty consuming things
  • Having difficulty speaking
  • Secretion of large amounts of saliva

These side effects disappear spontaneously within the first week. The affected person gets used to the use of the mouthguard.

Updated Date:03 March 2023Creation Date:04 August 2023