Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a removable dental appliance

  • 1. Are there different types of removable dental appliances?

    There are lots of different types of removable dental appliances which fulfil specific needs. From removable retainers to transparent aligners and nightguards, different types of appliances have different roles to play.

    Your dentist will guide you through what you need as part of your orthodontic treatment and which removable dental appliance is right for you.

  • 2. What is a nightguard?

    A nightguard is typically worn through the night to prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. The core purpose is to protect your teeth by providing a protective barrier between your upper and lower teeth. Find out more about nightguards here.

  • 3. What is a retainer?

    A retainer is typically used at the end of treatment after aligning your teeth. It holds straightened teeth in place while the surrounding gum and bone adjust to their new position. Sometimes people call aligners retainers and can look quite similar, however, they do very different jobs. Your dentist will be able to confirm what removable dental appliance you have. Find out more about retainers here.

  • 4. What to expect when getting a retainer/nightguard?

    Understanding what’s part of the process in getting a nightguard or retainer can help you manage your expectations.

    An impression will be taken of your teeth in order to be used as a mould for your bespoke appliance. Your dentist will then provide you with specific instructions on when, where and how to use your appliance.

Living with a removable dental appliance