Removable orthodontic appliances are used to help develop space in the mouth. This type of appliance works on the boney structures of the mouth to encourage growth in the desired directions. The teeth can also be moved into a more desirable alignment. The main advantage to this type of treatment is the ability to take the appliance out of your mouth for brushing and flossing. This is also a wonderful option for young children who do not have enough permanent teeth in place to wear traditional braces. Treatment with removable appliances prior to the placement of braces also helps to minimize the time spent in braces.