Removable Appliances

Examples of top and bottom retainers

Removable appliances, unlike conventional braces, are used to retain teeth in their corrected positions and in some cases, to influence growth of the jaws in order to effect changes in facial structure. In addition, they are often used before and in conjunction with fixed appliances.

Removable appliances are not utilized to treat all orthodontic problems. It takes skill, and experience to recognize conditions that will respond favorably to removable appliances. Timing of such therapy also is very important.

Since removable appliances can easily be taken out by the patient, there may be a tendency not to wear them as we have prescribed. This means your teeth, jaws and muscles may move back toward their original positions.

Removable appliances require care. Although you may notice an effect on eating and speaking along with an increase in the flow of saliva, you will eventually adjust to the appliance.

Orthodontic Headgear

Boy wearing headgear

Orthodontic headgear is a very important part of the treatment for some patients. Headgear creates forces that guide the growth of the face and jaws. It also is used to move teeth into better positions or to prevent teeth from moving.

Maintaining constant use of your headgear will achieve the best results. If instructions on usage are not followed, treatment will take longer and our treatment plan may have to change.

  • Always be careful when removing your headgear. If the headgear is removed carelessly, the part that fits in your mouth and attaches to your teeth could injure your lips, cheeks, face and possibly your eyes.
  • Never remove the headgear until the straps have been disconnected.
  • Never lift the headgear over your face.
  • Never wear the headgear when running or playing sports.

Take your headgear with you to every appointment.

Your teeth may be tender for the first few days of wearing your headgear. This tenderness will disappear as you adjust to the new pressures.

Let us know if you continue to be uncomfortable for more than a few days. Wearing headgear is necessary for your treatment. Follow the instructions exactly, and you will complete your treatment without any changes in your treatment plan.

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Patient Testimonial from Denise L

Everyone at the office is so nice and helpful!

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Patient Testimonial from Remona G

Dr. D is the best at what she does! Dr. D takes the time to explain the procedures, provide options and listen to her patients. My daughter is always treated with such kindness from the staff. We look forward to working with her Dr. D and her team.

- Remona G

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Patient Testimonial from Lisa P

Dr. DeSimone is one of the most thoughtful and caring medical professionals I have ever encountered. I have been two her twice over the span of 8 years for two different issues, and each time she took time and effort to work out how to solve my issues, which each resulted from orthodontics I had 40 years ago (another doctor in another state). She is also mindful of the expense of orthodontia, and worked with me both times to come up with a reasonable fee. Her staff, as well, is friendly, professional and focused on the patient's needs. I highly recommend her practice to anyone who needs a thoughtful and caring orthodontist whose practice also reflects her attitude toward her profession.

- Lisa P

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Patient Testimonial from Aymara C

We love coming here! Staff is so kind and courteous and they make it fun for the kids. Staff provides guidance on the child’s needs and progress and provides financial options. Will definitely recommend this doctor to friends!

- Aymara C

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Patient Testimonial from Henry G

I could not be happier that I chose this office to treat my daughter for her palate expander. The office is very clean and the staff is friendly and gave great care to my child.

- Henry G

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Patient Testimonial from Allison F

My son is on the autism spectrum, so any type of dental work has always been extremely challenging! The staff here has shown tremendous patience and understanding throughout my son's experience. Very professional all-around!

- Allison F

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Patient Testimonial from Cindy P

Dr. DeSimone is a master of orthodontics. Her knowledge and practice are second to none and provide for an experience and results that are nothing short of excellence. She’s as intelligent as she is friendly and fun, which makes appointments easy to look forward to. To boot, her staff is wonderful and her office is run efficiently. I highly recommend her.

- Cindy P

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Patient Testimonial from Jackie N

Everyone is Extremely friendly and professional. Never a wait time. Dr. D is the best. Would highly recommend her to everyone for their orthodontic needs.

- Jackie N

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Patient Testimonial from Adrienne M

We have been coming to DeSimone Orthodontics for 15+ years and it has been like visiting family each time we come. Our children are grown, but have such fond memories of their experiences and always looked forward to seeing Dr. DeSimone and her staff.

- Adrienne M

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Patient Testimonial from Frances E

Dr. DeSimone and her staff are always friendly and willing to answer all of our questions. We have been very pleased with the results of the recommended treatments for our son.

- Frances E

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Patient Testimonial from Ann-Marie S

Excellent service and the team took the time to ensure that I had a thorough understanding of the process, outcome, challenges and financing options.

- Ann-Marie S

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Patient Testimonial from R S

The Sweeney family loves DeSimone orthodontics. The staff was always friendly and welcoming. I would recommend to anyone looking for a wonderful office.

- R S

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Patient Testimonial from Angela T

Both of my children have had work done at DeSimone Orthedontics. We have been very happy here. My daughter has a beautiful smile. I know my son will also have one.

- Angela T

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Patient Testimonial from Jenna B

We love DeSimone Orthodontics. The system they have in place makes the whole process very easy for the whole family. Everyone is so nice and friendly. My daughter was very comfortable getting her appliance and loved coming to the office to get DeSimone dollars.

- Jenna B

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Patient Testimonial from Cindy P

DeSimone Orthodontics has the most educated, courteous, and friendliest staff possible. Dr DeSimone is a perfectionist making sure you end up with a fabulous smile. She and her staff take so much time so her patients are comfortable, and the games and contests are a fun bonus. I have and will continue to recommend her office.

- Cindy P

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Patient Testimonial from Jackie N

I highly recommend Dr. DeSimone to everyone! Love this practice...they are always running on time. I have never had to wait. The staff is always so nice and answers any questions that I may have. I know my daughter is in the best of hands with Dr. DeSimone and her staff.

- Jackie N

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