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Glossary

You will find the definitions of keywords used in orthodontics here.

Bite Plate

The bite plate is a removable brace that consists of a small, plastic body and some wire components. It is clipped behind the upper incisors to improve a deep bite in the lower incisors or to raise the bite in the posterior teeth. When it is actually worn, it works very well. However, like almost all removable braces, the patient will usually only cooperate for a few weeks because of the way that this brace impedes the speech. That’s why it’s only second choice as an active appliance. The same effect can be obtained easier and faster with fixed bite plates.