An overbite occurs when the upper front teeth excessively overlap the lower front teeth horizontally. Twin Blocks are typically used early to correct it and prevent the need for tooth extractions or complex jaw surgery later on.
We have included some frequently asked questions below, but if you have any additional inquiries, please feel free to call and speak with 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:
– To ensure continuous use, if your bottom plate is broken, we recommend wearing your upper plate during the 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.
During your visit to receive your twin blocks, our team will instruct you on the recommended duration for wearing them. Typically, it involves full-time use, which means wearing them throughout the day and night, including during sleep and meals.
After 9-12 months, you can usually transition to wearing them only during “home time,” but the specific wearing schedule will be provided during your instructions.
After each meal and before and after sleeping, you should brush your plates with dishwashing liquid or a mouthwash. It is advisable to avoid using toothpaste as it can accumulate in the grooves. Using Polident denture cleaning tablets is also effective in reducing build-up. But make sure to choose the ones suitable for metal, such as ‘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, it’s best to leave the plates out in a safe place. Happy swimming!