Questions We’re Often Asked

1. What is the Oralift appliance?

It is a tailor made device that fits over your lower teeth.

2. How does the Oralift work?

By wearing the Oralift appliance, a larger space in between the upper and lower teeth is created and the muscles alter to let the jaw rest in a new position. As they adapt to this new position, the muscles appear to become more toned and trigger the body’s natural healing process, counteracting the effects of facial aging. When a patient is wearing the Oralift appliance, the ‘exercise’ being done by the muscles is being done passively. It is believed that the muscles involved in this process are not just facial but head and neck.

3. What happens at the initial consultation?

Firstly, your dentist will make a detailed assessment. This will include taking photographs from differing angles to study the shape of your face, condition of the skin, mouth, teeth and jaw joint. You can have the Oralift appliances fitted at this visit if you wish.

4. How long do I have to wear the Oralift appliance for?

Once a thorough assessment has been made a regime will be devised for the patient. As with any form of exercise, it is important to start gradually. Some patients have noticed improvements after wearing the device for only one hour a day. In general patients wear Oralift for one hour twice daily every third day. The regime is usually for two months twice a year.

5. Are there any side effects or negatives to this procedure?

As with any exercise regime, over use of the Oralift appliance can lead to over stressing of the facial muscles.