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Offline Framingspeed

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Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« on: 09. March 2023, 13:28:14 PM »
Twin block versus braces elastics


I have had braces for several months to fix crowding. My dentist said I would be needing elastics to fix my overbite. However, would it be possible to have a twin block appliance instead of elastics? Also does anyone have twin block and fixed braces and willing to share their experience.

Offline Sparky

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Re: Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« Reply #1 on: 09. March 2023, 13:42:26 PM »
A twin block works very differently from elastics.

A twin block reduces an overbite by encouraging extra lower jaw growth.,  which works well in younger teens.

Elastics move teeth... so if you have space... e.g. extractions, then the elastics will pull your teeth backwards and into position.

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Re: Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« Reply #2 on: 09. March 2023, 13:45:51 PM »
Honestly, Id ask your dentist about it instead of here.

Offline Framingspeed

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Re: Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« Reply #3 on: 09. March 2023, 13:53:57 PM »
If I ask for it and it would be possible. Is it likely they will say yes?

Offline TrainTrack

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Re: Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« Reply #4 on: 09. March 2023, 15:22:34 PM »
I would say probably not because they do different things to fix the same problem, but the twin block really only works in younger people who haven’t had/are in their growth spurt. But hey! No problem asking. If you don’t ask, you won’t get it.

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Re: Twin block appliance with fixed braces
« Reply #5 on: 09. March 2023, 15:27:13 PM »
If I ask for it and it would be possible. Is it likely they will say yes?

It will depend on precisely what they are trying to achieve in relation to your overbite, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. You could ask whether any other options could be considered instead of elastics without specifically mentioning twin blocks. The response will depend on your clinical needs and the orthodontist's preferences, but asking does no harm!

"The customer is always right" may not apply in dental matters, but the customer is entitled to ask questions.  :)