An overjet is the gap between your upper and lower sets of teeth. Your upper teeth should be around 2-4mm in front of the bottom teeth and the space is known as the overjet.

What are twin-blocks?

They are braces that are designed to align the jaws. They are very intensive and forceful braces, able to reduce the overjet significantly from ten millimetres to four millimetres in four months.

When are they to be worn?

Twin-blocks should ideally be worn continually. Still, at first it can take a little time to get used to it and so you should remove it for a short time if your jaws feel tired. Always store your twin-blocks in a safe place.

Can I eat while wearing twin-blocks?

Yes, you can eat with twin-blocks. Initially it may take some getting used to but you will soon become accustomed to it. If you are struggling you can take the twin-blocks out to eat.

Will removing my twin-blocks affect treatment?

If you take your twin-blocks for a short period of time this should not matter, but try to wear it as much as possible to maximise the chance of success.

How should I clean my teeth?

You should clean your teeth as normal just simply remove the twin-blocks and brush as normal.

How should I clean my braces?

It is important to keep your brace clean. Rinse it on a regular basis and brush it to maintain good functionality and minimise bacteria. Your dentist will advise you on how to keep your brace clean.

Should I turn the screw of the brace?

The upper block has a screw which you will need to turn on particular days. Your dentist or orthodontist will explain how and when to turn the screw.

What about when I play sport?

It is advised you remove the brace when playing sport.

What about when I play a musical instrument?

It is also best to remove your brace when playing a musical instrument.

What should I do if my brace breaks?

If your brace breaks, call your orthodontist to arrange an appointment. If you can still wear the brace, do, but if it is severely damaged, take it out and see your orthodontist as soon as possible.

What happens if my teeth also need straightening?

If your teeth need straightening, you will need a fixed brace, which will be attached to the teeth. The twin-blocks are designed to straighten and align the jaws, not the teeth.

Canine in the Palette >

Twin Blocks Dental braces


The Smile Score

Many patients want to improve the look of their smile. An attractive smile can give your confidence a real boost. Elmhurst offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments available to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Because many patients have questions about the best way to give their smile a boost, our Smile Score assessment service is here to help you find the best cosmetic treatment to suit your wants, needs and budget.

Simply answer a few short questions, fill in your contact details and one of our orthodontic experts will assess your answers and get in touch with you to discuss the most suitable options available to you.

Click the blue button below to get started...
Invisible Braces

Question 1 of 6

Which of the below looks most similar to the current issue you or your child have?

Question 2 of 6

Have you had previous orthodontic treatment?

Question 3 of 6

If you answered 'yes' to our previous question, please describe the previous orthodontic treatment you had...

Question 4 of 6

What matters to you most?

Question 5 of 6

How soon would you like treatment to begin?

Question 6 of 6

Who is the treatment for?

Please fill in your details below, click Submit and one of our experts will be in touch.
Elmhurst Orthodontic Clinic is committed to protecting your privacy. We promise to keep all the information that you share with us strictly confidential.

Name (required)

Email (required)

Phone Number (required)