Dr. Evan Chwa

I’ve used DryShield as a dental student at UIC. I can see how it benefits orthodontic procedures. When bonding a lower lingual retainer, the bite block does not get in the way when a proper size is used. The tongue is blocked and the suction will properly isolate the area. When placing brackets or bands, the throat is protected, the tongue is not in the way and you can still access the buccal/facial surfaces of the teeth because the cheek retraction helps. Yes, you do need to remove the DryShield and flip it to switch sides but it gives the patient a little break if they need it, and normally they do not. It takes 5 seconds to reposition. I’m so glad DryShield can be implemented in an orthodontic practice.