Mouth Plates / Retainers


Plates are removable appliances that can be taken in and out. They are very versatile and can be used for a large number of alignment and bite problems and can be offered for our younger patients. They work fantastically well for certain situations and cost a fraction of the price that braces do. Sometimes, using plates when a child is younger, can avoid braces later in life…saving you and your family significant costs. Other times, it can lessen the severity of future treatment required.

We understand that orthodontic treatment can be carried out in many ways, and that’s why we love what we do so much! So, if we can correct bite and jaw problems with plates alone, with braces/aligners or a combination, we will make sure to give you all the options available for your case.


Plates Info+

Do I have to wear my plate all the time?

Your orthodontist will instruct you in the wear of your plate(s). Follow the instructions carefully to make sure your treatment progresses as smoothly as possible. Removable plates are designed to be worn full-time for a period of time that will be recommended by your orthodontist. They should be removed when brushing teeth, eating, drinking and playing contact sports or swimming. You will be reviewed every 8-12 weeks during the period of your treatment. Always bring your plates(s) to your appointments. It is vital to attend these appointments to ensure that the fit is good and that treatment is going according to plan.

If you are having problems with the fit of your plate(s), contact the surgery as soon as possible – do not wait until your next appointment.

Caring for your plate

Clean your plate(s) at least twice a day with either soap and water or a toothbrush, without toothpaste.

Toothpaste should not be used as this is abrasive and can affect the appearance of the retainers. They can be soaked in white vinegar to eliminate odours and discolouration. Avoid using hot or boiling water when cleaning the plates, as this may distort their fit.

When placing and removing the plate(s) into and out of your mouth, use both hands – one on each side of the plate(s). Do not use your tongue to push in or take our the plate(s), as they will loosen quickly and/or break.

We advise you to purchase a box to keep your plate(s) in when they are not in your mouth. If they are wrapped in tissue or put in your pocket, they may be lost or damaged. Be extremely careful with your plate(s), because if you lose or damage them, you will be charged for their replacement.

Follow these instructions given by your orthodontist carefully and the progress of your treatment will be as planned. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the practice.

Are plates comfortable?

Plates are usually very comfortable (do not cause pain), but they do take a little getting used to, especially in the first few days after having them fitted. Most patients will have no issues with speech or the appearance of the plates, as they are designed to be relatively discrete discrete.

I've lost my plate

Damaged or lost plates and other appliances lengthen the overall treatment time and can add costs to treatment. Please look after your appliances to make your treatment go as smoothly as possible. Give us a call if your plate(s) is lost or damaged, and we will make arrangements to see you to organise a replacement.