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Palatal braces, which are used as supportive appliances in orthodontic treatments, are divided into fixed and mobile. Fixed mouthguards are generally used for patients with severe jaw stenosis. In this treatment, it is aimed to separate the overlapping teeth from each other and reach their correct alignment. Movable mouthguards are used without being attached to the teeth and can be easily attached and removed by the patient. The adhesion of these appliances in the mouth is provided with the help of clasps. It is preferred in some jaw expansion processes, slight crowding and providing simple tooth movements. Transparent mouthguards are a variation of movable mouthguards. It is used in cases such as crowding or misalignment in the teeth. It is one of the recommended treatment methods as an alternative to braces. Anyone over the age of 12 can use the transparent mouthguard.

Transparent mouthguard treatment is also known as invisalign. Invisalign is the name of the company that developed this treatment method. Transparent plaque treatment is a treatment method that includes digital and technology. The main reason why this method is preferred is aesthetic appearance.

Mouthguards are used to enlarge the palate in case of narrowing of the palate or overlapping teeth. The duration of use of the mouthguards, which are used by placing them on the upper palate, is determined by physician controls of 2-3 months.

If a different usage method is not recommended by the expert; It can be used continuously, except for eating and brushing teeth. However, you should stay away from sticky foods and acidic drinks. Dental braces, which are applied before or while using braces, are usually used at night and must be used regularly for better and faster results from braces treatment.

In Which Situations Is the Mouthguard Attached?

People with an unbalanced face structure, those with abnormalities in their lower and upper teeth, those with crooked teeth, those with forward or backward jaw problems can use a mouthguard with the foresight of the orthodontist.

What are the Advantages of Using a Mouthguard?

Mouthguard that can be used at all ages; It does not cause an allergic reaction and provides fast results in orthodontic treatments. It is resistant to impacts and stiff foods, but care should still be taken. In addition to these, mouthguards are comfortable to use and their treatments are economical.

It is very important for the physician to be an expert in the field to get the desired result in the treatment of mouthguard. With the right palate treatment, the person gets the desired result faster.

What are the Disadvantages of Using a Mouthguard?

The first time the mouthguard is attached, the person feels a slight pain. It also creates difficulty in speaking, but at the end of 1 week, the mouthguard is in harmony with the mouth. In addition, it can cause difficulty in swallowing as it increases saliva secretion. Because of all this, using a dental mouthguard at night will minimize the disadvantages.

How is Mouthguard Treatment Performed?

First, the person is examined by a specialist and orthodontic disorders are determined. Then the mouthguard is designed according to the inner mouth structure. The dental mouthguard designed to correct crooked and deformed teeth is attached and the specialist explains the use and maintenance conditions of the mouthguard. The mouthguards, which are used for about 6-8 months, are removed when the palate reaches the ideal width, but it may be necessary to use the mouthguard while sleeping for about 6 months in order to preserve the achieved development.

One of the most serious problems faced by people who use the mouthguard is the breakage of the palate. If a person’s mouthguard is broken or lost, he should consult his doctor immediately. A new mouthguard should be made as soon as possible in order not to interrupt the treatment.

How Should Mouthguard Cleaning Be Done?

The mouthguard holders used to widen the palate and create a space for the teeth should be cleaned with water and a toothbrush. There is no need to use paste or soap during the cleaning of the mouthguard. In addition, the teeth should be cleaned regularly and care should be taken not to leave food residues between the teeth.