Although the primary motivation connected with orthodontic treatment is achieving a more beautiful smile, crooked teeth are not only an esthetic problem. They can also cause tooth decay and swallowing and speech problems. An abnormal bite can lead to muscular and even digestive disorders through the chewing process. So we can gain much more from orthodontic treatment
if we aim not only to enhance the beauty and harmony of the face, but also to ensure balanced functioning of the jaw and teeth. This is the complex approach we take to orthodontic treatments
Choosing an orthodontic appliance
The type of appliance needed for treatment is determined by the existing disorder and the patient’s needs. Orthodontic appliances can be removable or fixed, and the former can be metal or tooth-colored, or even “invisible”:
Invisible orthodontia, easy cleaning and gorgeous smile, planned in advance
- The orthodontic device is made of crystal clear, transparent material, so it’s unnoticeable when worn.
- In contrast with fixed braces, it’s easily removed for eating and toothbrushing.
- Results can be planned in advance, because you have the chance to preview the virtual results and the 3D treatment plan before beginning treatment, making it possible to see how your teeth will look after the treatment.
- Our orthodontist takes an impression of the teeth and prepares photo documentation to check whether the Invisalign system can be used to bring the teeth in line, so the treatment is sure to only be started if this orthodontic system can be used.
- Special training must be completed for using the Invisalign system, which ensures the highest professional standard.
- During the treatment, a checkup visit is needed every 8 weeks, on average. This enables our specialist to monitor that the process is progressing well.
Fixed, Damon system braces
- within biological limits, enable orthodontia using soft forces
- there is little pain associated with their use, they offer an option for avoiding tooth extraction for the purpose of creating space for orthodontic work
- they can be chosen in both metal and completely tooth-colored versions
- treatment time can be 1.5 – 2 years on average
Removable, traditional appliances
- generally recommended for nighttime use, but it is a good idea to wear them for a few hours at a time during the daytime, as well, as their effect is proportional to the amount of hours worn.
- the orthodontic treatment period depends on many factors, chiefly the degree of the abnormality and the number of hours and regularity of wear
Oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment
In addition to regular tooth brushing, oral care extends to interdental and tongue cleaning as well as gum care. Perfect oral hygiene is indispensible prior to and during orthodontic treatment. If any periodontal inflammation should develop, the balance of the process could be disturbed, and bone loss could become significant. To avoid this, we give our patients oral hygiene advice during all phases of treatment. Further information can be found in the following blog posts.