The Bionator is a removable, acrylic appliance that is worn full time to correct patient’s improper bite. The Bionator is usually worn 12-14 months depending upon the patient’s cooperation and severity of the malocclusion. Using the Bionator during the patient’s active growth period allows his/her facial bone structure to grow into the proper alignment, often eliminating the need for more drastic treatment options.
INSERTING/REMOVING YOUR BIONATOR
1. To insert place the Bionator wire against your upper front teeth and bite into the appliance with your lower teeth.
2. To remove simply open your mouth and remove.
1. Start using the Bionator slowly. Wear 30 minutes the 1st day, 1 hour the 2nd day, 2 hours the 3rd day, doubling the time for every day thereafter until 24 hours every day is achieved.
2. The only exceptions to this 24/7 rule is:
A.) Eating- you cannot eat with a Bionator. DO NOT wrap your Bionator in a napkin, as it will get thrown out.
B.) Brushing- Keeping teeth clean and gums healthy is an important part of daily care.
C.) While swimming- The appliance could fall into the water and get flushed away.
D.) Playing contact sports- Any sport that requires a fitted mouth guard, or results in bodily contact where your expander can be knocked out your mouth.
3. If your Bionator is not in your mouth it should be kept ONLY in the case provided. Placing your Bionator in a napkin, backpack, pocket, or a purse will result in a broken appliance. If the Bionator is in the case it should be wrapped in a damp paper towel to keep the acrylic from drying out. There is a fee to replace broken Bionators.
4. Patients occasionally experience tooth sensitivity while wearing the Bionator. Treat discomfort with over the counter pain medication. Sores may also develop from the plastic rubbing against gum tissue. Treat gum sores with warm salt water rinses (1tspn salt to 8oz of water) 3 times daily. If patient experiences severe pain, contact our office.
5. Slurring speech is expected and is a necessary drawback to treatment. We will provide the patient with a letter to teachers explaining this.
6. The patient is wearing the Bionator correctly when his/her teeth are lightly clenched and biting the appliance. Simply having the Bionator rest in the mouth does not promote treatment. Patients will often notice that their “bite” feels different. This is normal and will end once treatment is complete. The patient will quickly get adapt to their new bite.
7. Bionators should always be kept away from animals, dogs especially because they love to chew them. They should also be kept away from heat sources as this will dry, and distort the acrylic.
8. Keep your Bionator clean- Brush it as you would your teeth. You can also use a denture cleaner or soak it in white vinegar.
9. The Bionator often needs adjusted for erupting permanent teeth. DO NOT attempt to adjust at home. Call our office during normal business hours to schedule an adjustment.
10. Any questions regarding your Bionator appliance should be directed to the orthodontic staff.