An overbite refers to an excessively large horizontal overlap of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth. It typically is corrected early with Twin Blocks to prevent tooth extractions or complicated jaw surgery in the future.
Some commonly asked questions are included below, but ultimately, if you have any further questions, please call and speak to one of our friendly staff members 🙂
If you break your plates, kindly contact the practice and over the phone we'll tell you best how to manage. However if you've broken your plate over the weekend, during a holiday period or after hours, you can contact one of our friendly staff through our Facebook page on messenger: by clicking here - we try to answer as soon as possible, but please be patient with us :)
We've included a few options and commonly asked questions with respect to broken plates:
- If you've broken your bottom plate, please continue to wear your upper plate at night.
- If you've broken your upper plate, do not wear any plates at night time.
- If you've broken any clips off the plate, first make sure they are smooth and continue to wear at night time, to hold the movement.
At your visit when you get your twin blocks, you will be instructed on how much you need to wear it. Typically it is full time, that is all day and night; even when you are sleeping AND eating.
Usually after 9-12 months you can start wearing it 'home time' only, but as said before, you will be instructed on how often you need to wear it.
After each meal as well as before and after sleeping, brush your plates with a liquid handsoap/dishwashing liquid, or a mouthwash. Try to avoid using toothpaste as it can get stuck in the grooves and build up. Polident denture cleaning tablets are also a good way to reduce build up, but be sure to get the ones that can be used with metal, i.e. 'a partial denture cleaning tablet'.
You can wear your twin blocks when playing sport, unless you need to wear a mouthguard, then please remove them and store them safely in your case.
It's also a good idea to take them out when you are swimming or at the beach incase they are lost amongst the fun.
If you are having a casual swim in your swimming pool; absolutely! However if you are at the beach or training/competing in a competition, it'd be better to leave the plates out in a safe place :) Happy swimming!