What is orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is the way to align and straighten teeth, stabilizing and correcting occlusal relationships between the two arches. Improper crowding and occlusions affect the health of the teeth, gums and temporomandibular joint over time. Poor chewing will affect the integrity of the digestive tract.
Do I need orthodontic treatment?
Many people have misaligned teeth, and straightening them is not only an aesthetic goal, but also an improvement in oro-dental health. When the teeth do not overlap properly, the muscles of the jaw are additionally strained, leading to joint problems or even headaches.
How long does orthodontic treatment last?
The duration of treatment depends on the severity of the problem and can last from a few months to two to three years. Most patients are treated for one to two years. During this time, visits to the office are required every 4 weeks. After removing braces, it is often necessary to wear a brace to help maintain the new position of the teeth.
What is a fixed orthodontic device?
Tooth straightening requires more precise guidance than that obtained with a mobile orthodontic system. In these cases, fixed braces are used. A metalic wire joins the brackets and contributes to changing the position of the teeth.
What orthodontic treatments do we perform at Smart Dental?
Depending on the specifics of each clinical case, after performing x-rays and study models, the orthodontist will recommend the application of a mobilizable or fixed device to solve your problems.
Yes. Unlike mobile devices, fixed ones do not influence speech at all. Even the application of additional elements (transpalatal arch, pendullum) is accompanied by a rapid adaptation of the tongue (a few hours), which makes you speak as before.
Adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment with very good results. Although treatment may take longer due to slightly reduced plasticity - correction is still possible.
Some discomfort is possible while chewing for the first few days after bracelets are applied. We usually prescribe some minimum required painkillers and we also recommend the intake of soft foods. Use of protective wax helps protect soft parts. In most cases all these inconveniences disappear within a week.
Most orthodontic treatments last somewhere between 18 and 24 months. Complexity of the case is the one who dictates lengths in orthodontic treatment. Only your orthodontist can make a precise prediction for how long to wear a bracelet and this forecast is based on the tests and measurements taken at the treatment initiation.