The Schwarz appliance is a removable functional appliance which expands the dental arch forms and can be used to correct crossbites, enlarge narrow dental arches and upright teeth that are tipped inward. It is normally activated weekly by the patient (or parent) and then adjusted by Dr. Hallgren at monthly intervals in our office.

The Schwarz you are now wearing is delicate and must be handled with care when out of the mouth. It took a great deal of time and careful work to construct it. PLEASE take care! Breakage will result in added expense.

Your Schwarz must be worn at all times except when cleaning it. You must, therefore, eat and sleep with the appliance in your mouth and keep it in throughout the day. It should be left out ONLY while engaging in contact sports, swimming in lakes and brushing your teeth.

Eating and speaking may be mildly different the first few days. You are advised to eat soft foods such as eggs, cereals and soups. However, within a few days normal foods can be eaten and with a little practice, all words pronounced. You should avoid sticky or very hard foods which could loosen or damage your appliances.

When you brush your teeth after every meal, brush your appliances with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Do NOT use extremely hot water when cleaning. You may soak them in retainer or denture cleaning tablets if desired. Replace your appliances immediately after rinsing.

A special key is used to activate the Schwarz appliance. Insert the key into its slot and push it in the direction of the indicator arrow until it stops. Remove the key. You will notice that a new slot is now visible which you will use for the next activation (one week later). You will be instructed as to when you will no longer need to activate your appliance.

It's quite common for some teeth to feel sore during the first few days; this tenderness should disappear after the initial adjustment period. Should it continue beyond three to five days - or should irritation of the gums, cheeks, lips or tongue persist, or should a wire be accidentally bent - do not attempt to adjust the appliance yourself. Call for an appointment.

Without cooperation there can be little, if any, improvement. With good cooperation, one can achieve the maximum results in the minimum amount of time.