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Mobile braces

During orthodontic therapy mobile braces can be removed from the mouth and returned back.

They are mostly used in the orthodontic therapy of the youngest patients who have not yet lost their baby teeth.They are usually 9 years and older, when the child is psychologically ready to cooperate.

They serve to correct the connection between the two jaws and to redirect the growth of each tooth.

About the procedure

We all have a unique arrangement of teeth, which means that we all have a unique problem and that each of us requires a different approach and a different duration of treatment.

The scope of the mobile appliances is:

  •  prevention of inappropriate habits such as finger sucking or improper swallowing
  •  influence on the development of dental arches
  •  keeping the empty spot caused by premature loss of dairy teeth, redirection of growth of the individual tooth
  •  correction of the relationship between jaws in growth and development
  •  Preparation before wearing a fixed appliance

As a rule, the mobile appliance is effective only in the stages of growth and development because it cannot correct the teeth that have already emerged and / or aesthetically bring them into an ideal position.

Its main purpose is to prevent the unsuitable habit of thumb sucking or improper swallowing, it keeps the place for teeth eruption in the zone of resistance, helps to raise the bite and often precedes a fixed orthodontic therapy in younger patients.

Some appliances work in a way that they do not allow the muscles of cheeks, lips and tongue to push the teeth while growing in the unwanted direction.

Mobile braces

A mobile appliance is recommended for younger people whose teeth have not yet fully developed. Namely, each baby tooth can be viewed as a 'place keeper' for a permanent tooth that will grow in its place.

If a child loses a baby tooh too early due to caries or injury, the mobile appliance takes over the role of the 'guardian'.

Such therapy prevents the occurrence of more serious anomalies in younger children, but there is no guarantee that the child will no longer need to wear a fixed appliance after permanent teeth eruption is finished.

The length of time a fixed appliance has to be worn will in this case certainly be much shorter.

A mobile orthodontic appliance can act on one or both jaws. When it comes to the material, it can be plastic or rubber, in all colors, which cheers up  the younger patients.

If the time the fixed appliance is worn lasts longer than the time it is not worn, all within 24 hours - the appliance is effective. It is extremely important for the small patient and the parent to cooperate.

Also, children are often referred to wearing a mobile appliance by a speech-language pathologist who, in conjunction with the orthodontist, participates in the therapy plan.


Am I a candidate?

A mobile appliance is used in small children in situations where anomalies are very pronounced and they want to start with orthodontic therapy as soon as possible.

Mobile orthodontic appliances, unfortunately, cannot achieve effective results in a patient who has completed the growth of jaw and teeth. Mobile appliances are not intended for adult patients.

How do you prepare?

Orthodontic diagnostics

After the first consultations, where the need for therapy is established, the orthodontist schedules appointments for diagnostic procedures.

One of the most important segments of therapy are certainly the orthodontic diagnostics that precede it, and are crucial to the success of the therapy, and the basis for further steps.

Mobile braces

Basic diagnostics can be used to predict and avoid problems that may occur during therapy. The therapy plan is defined based on the following collected data:

  •  dental and medical history
  •  analysis of study models with previous prints and bite records
  •  orthopantomogrphic analysis
  •  acephalometric analysis (latero-lateral and / or antero-posterior)
  •  clinical photographic set (intraoral and extraoral photos)
  •  smile analysis
  •  functional analysis
  •  CBCT

During the procedure

The mobile appliance in one jaw consists of acrylic plates and wires bent in various shapes.

The wires come out from the base, i.e., the plate and, when set in the mouth, they cover the teeth.

The mobile appliance itself sometimes has a screw that can be turned like a little key so that the appliance expands and the tooth is moved and the dental arch spreads.

Some appliances are held between the teeth. They are in one piece and, together with the wires, they do not go next to the teeth but move the muscles of the cheeks, lip and tongue away from the tooth. Some of them are made of rubber and look like those we can see in the boxing ring.

Their biggest advantage is that they can be applied on the teeth very easily.

They can be made for each jaw in particular or one appliance can be made for both jaws.
Based on the dental imprint of the patient, the orthodontic dental lab produces an appliance that can be in different colors.

Mobile braces

It is usually worn about 14 hours a day, being obligatory at night and  whenever it is possible for the patient during the day. The length of therapy is very individual and differs from case to case.

Checkups are mandatory every 6 to 8 weeks. It is mandatory to carry the appliance with you at checkups.



It takes a certain time to adjust to the appliance, usually ten days.

During this period, parents are advised to check that the children are wearing the appliance at night because children tend to take it out (spit it out) during sleep.

If the appliance is not worn enough during the day, it will fall out of the mouth at night and you can often find it under the bed.

Initially, patients produce more saliva, which leads to a greater need for swallowing.

After eating, it is necessary to thoroughly brush the teeth, but also rinse and dry the appliance so that tartar doesn't develop on it.

The mobile appliance should always be put on clean teeth. When it is not in the mouth, it should be kept in a box specifically designed for mobile appliances. 

While eating, the appliance is taken out.


By the end of the month, make an appointment for a specialist orthodontic checkup with a top expert at a promotional price of only 150 kuna.

Make an appointment today by email at info@bagatin.hr or call us at +385 1 46 10 225.

You can find out about the price of a fixed apparatus at Polyclinic Bagatin, and about payment options in our price list.

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