The Twin-Block appliance is a functional appliance which is designed to create some growth modifications in cases of an undershot lower jaw. It is a relatively bulky appliance and there will be problems with speech initially. Practice clear speech by reading out aloud. The appliance has to be worn all the time (24 hours) and patients are encouraged to eat with them in place. This can be a challenge but please try at the beginning of each meal for a few minutes and increase your time with each meal.
The appliance needs to be cleaned after every meal and every night with toothbrush and toothpaste. Soak the appliances once a week in Steradent (or similar product) for 10 minutes. This will keep them smelling fresh.
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