Removable appliances are simpler appliances and can be removed by the patient (both an advantage and a disadvantage).
The most commonly used “Plate” rests against the roof of the mouth, clips onto the back teeth and has a wire around the front to move the top front teeth. The patient can remove it for cleaning. To be effective the plate needs to be in the mouth close to full time.
Other types of removable appliances fit on the lower teeth, some fit on both the upper and lower teeth at the same time with one or two plates (some functional appliances).
Overall they lack the precision of braces and are only very effective for simple movements of groups of teeth. They generally are good only for tipping movements of teeth.
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