What Is an Orthodontic Bite Plate?

Bite plates are orthodontic appliances that some dental patients have to keep in their mouths all day. Dentists advise these patients that it could take a few days to learn how to eat and talk well with their bite plates.

Although patients with bite plates must wear them even while they eat and sleep, they should remove their bite plates when they play sports. When not worn, bite plates should be stored in their cases.

Since bite plates are worn during eating, wearers must clean them water and toothpaste when they brush their teeth. They are also advised to soak their bite plates in a denture cleaner at least once a week. Bite plates should not be put in the washing machine, microwave, dishwasher or boiling water.