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Removable Orthodontics

At NYC Smile Design we use removable appliances to broaden a smile, widen an arch, align crooked teeth and adjust tilted teeth. A benefit of removable orthodontics is that they can be removed when you are in a situation where having braces would make you self-conscious. Another benefit is that because they are removable, cleaning your teeth is easier. The use of these appliances is case-selective and for many situations, this is an excellent option provided your compliance is excellent.

What Are Removable Orthodontics?

Removable orthodontics refers to dental appliances that can be easily taken out and put back into the mouth. This category includes devices like clear aligners, retainers, and other specialized orthodontic appliances. These devices are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly, gradually moving them into the desired position over time.

With removable orthodontics, you wear a removable retainer-like appliance that has various springs and attachments on it to create pressure to move the teeth into alignment. There are different appliances that we use to align your teeth into a great smile and/or establish a physiological healthy occlusion or bite. They can be fabricated in a variety of materials, and each is effective in its own way. Some are metal, some are clear acrylic and some are a combination of both.

The Advantages of Removable Orthodontics

Convenience and Comfort: Unlike traditional braces, removable orthodontics can be taken out for eating, brushing, and flossing, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during treatment.

Aesthetic Appeal: Many removable options, like clear aligners, are nearly invisible, offering a discreet way to straighten your teeth.

Customized Treatment Plans: Each appliance is custom-designed to fit your mouth and address your specific orthodontic needs, ensuring efficient and effective treatment.

Types of Removable Orthodontics

Clear Aligners: These are transparent, plastic trays that fit snugly over your teeth, gently guiding them into proper alignment. They are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating and cleaning.

Removable Retainers: After braces or aligners, retainers are used to keep teeth in their new position. They are typically worn at night to ensure that your beautiful new smile stays perfect.

ALF Appliance


ALF stands for Advanced Lightwire Functional appliance. It is a gentle method to align teeth and improve the bite without braces. It is a cosmetic appliance- barely visible and lightweight and does not cross the palate or interfere with speech or proper tongue positioning. It gently aligns cranial bones to produce orthopedic changes  that support a stable and comfortable musculature-ultimately allowing for accurate mandibular positioning, enhanced airway space and a healthy TMJ.


Who Can Benefit from Removable Orthodontics?

Removable orthodontics are ideal for patients of all ages who are looking for a less noticeable, more convenient alternative to traditional braces. They are particularly popular among adults and teenagers who are concerned about the aesthetic aspect of orthodontic treatment.

Personalized Care at NYC Smile Design

At NYC Smile Design, Dr. Elisa Mello and Dr. Ramin Tabib will conduct a thorough assessment to determine if removable orthodontics are right for you. We take into consideration your dental history, lifestyle, and aesthetic goals to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

Schedule Your Consultation

Discover the convenience and effectiveness of our customized removable orthodontic solutions and take the first step toward the smile you’ve always desired. To find out if removable orthodontics in New York City is the right solution for straightening your teeth discreetly, please contact NYC Smile Design using our online form or call 212-452-3344 today.

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