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BITEPLANE

The biteplane is an appliance used to reduce a deep overbite, whereby the upper front teeth overlap the lower front teeth excessively. It works by preventing the patient from biting down all the way on his or her back teeth. This allows the back teeth to emerge naturally, which reduces the overlap of the front teeth.

The biteplane is made of wire and acrylic, which can be removable or cemented in place by an orthodontist. The removable biteplane is most effective when worn all the time. The quality of our end result and completing treatment on time is dependent upon the patient wearing the biteplane consistently.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night due to physical obstructions of the airway. These stops in breathing usually last for around ten seconds and are often followed by snorts, gasps, or choking sounds as a person’s body fights to resume breathing again.

When you sleep, the muscles in your body relax so they can begin to repair themselves to keep you healthy and active everyday. However, muscles in your mouth and throat also relax during sleep, and for some people (an estimated 18-20 million U.S. adults) these muscles along with soft fatty tissues relax to the point where they fall back into the upper airway and block the flow of oxygen from coming in.

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Caring for Your Dentures & Dental Appliance

If you’re one of the many Americans who use dentures (also known as a dental appliance), you probably know that it’s important to care for them.

But if you’re uncertain about how to keep your dental appliance clean and comfortable, you’re not alone. Follow the tips in this article to keep your dentures – and your mouth – healthy and clean.

Dental appliances include full and partial dentures that can be made of metal, acrylic, or hard or soft resin, and will fill in the gaps where there has been tooth loss. There are also “overdentures,” which fit over the natural teeth roots.

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TRANSPALATAL BAR / NANCE / LINGUAL ARCH

The transpalatal bar / Nance / lingual arch appliances are used in the upper and lower arches to maintain space. Primarily, they are placed in patients who are in transitional dentition (not all adult teeth have erupted), to hold space in the arch for the permanent teeth to erupt. In cases where it is appropriate to use this appliance, it will be part of the beginning phase of orthodontic treatment.