Dental Plates

Removable appliances to correct overbites and other orthodontic problems

Orthodontic Plates

Orthodontic dental plates are used to correct a wide range of orthodontic problems. Some dental plates are designed to move teeth, some are to reduce the amount of overbite, while a more commonly used plate, the Twin Block appliance, moves the lower jaw forward.

Treating Overbite

Our orthodontists have extensive experience working with children and teens in order to correct overbite and other common orthodontic issues. During your initial consultation, your orthodontist will explain the most applicable treatment options for you or your child. Often dental plates are an excellent option as they are a less invasive way to treat common issues, and can avoid the need for surgery later in life.

How Do Twin Block Dental Plates Work?

  • Dental impressions are taken of the upper and lower teeth, a bite record is taken with the lower teeth postured forward into an edge to edge position with the upper teeth.
  • Our orthodontic laboratory constructs the custom fitted twin block appliances, one dental plate for the upper teeth and one for the lower teeth.
  • The twin block appliance is fitted and holds the lower jaw and teeth forward.
  • Twin blocks dental plates are typically worn full time day and night except for tooth brushing for a
    treatment period of 12 months.


What’s the difference between braces and a dental plate?

Plates are a less invasive option, and are generally better suited to children in order to solve crowding issues. They primarily work to change how the jaw and teeth grow in order to ensure a healthy smile from the start. Plates are removable.

Braces are fixed to teeth and are designed to correct the smile and teeth position, rather than the jaw. Braces cannot be removed, however they can be a good option for children as there’s less effort required and the treatment is more efficient.