The Occlus-o-Guide™ is a soft plastic device designed for the 8 to 12 year-old child containing sockets arranged in such a way that when the patient exercises with the appliance, the teeth are moved or guided into an ideal occlusion (ideal position). The child provides these orthopedic forces by exercising or biting down into the appliance for a minute, and then relaxing for half a minute. These periods should total approximately 3 to 4 hours a day and while sleeping.
Problems such as overbite, overjet and crowding or spacing are corrected by means of orthopedic forces which favorable alter jaw growth and jaw relations. As the adult teeth begin to erupt, they are guided into the sockets of the soft plastic pliable appliance. The active treatment period lasts from 4 to 10 months. When the correction has been obtained, the patient's exercise time will be reduced gradually until the appliance is worn only one night a week as a retainer.
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