According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are millions of people who wear different kinds of dental devices to straighten teeth and improve both the aesthetic and the health of the smile.
In this context, the figure of the orthodontist is becoming increasingly important.
Who are orthodontists? They are fully qualified dentists who embark on further years of university-based study and gain extensive clinical experience and training to treat malocclusions.
There are generally two causes that can contribute to a situation where the intervention of an orthodontist is necessary: hereditary and environmental.
Hereditary factors include crooked teeth, excessively distant teeth and malocclusions.
The environmental factors can instead be some attitudes like the sucking of the thumb or the push of the tongue. Or accidents to the jaw, which can lead to crooked teeth.
How Orthodontics works, at all ages: the treatment phases.
Nowadays, one in four orthodontic patients is an adult.
Having a better bite and decreasing the risk of future dental problems can be done, regardless of age.
The main difference in orthodontics for adults vs. children or teens is that adults’ bones have stopped growing. Therefore, adult treatments could take slightly longer than treatment for children or teens with a similar problem, due to the maturity and density of the bone adults have.
However, the biologic process of orthodontic care is the same, at all ages.
The treatment phases are generally three:
Appliance phase – Appliances are used to correct the space in the mouth.
There are different types, which need to be evaluated case by case, depending on personal needs.
The 5 most common type are metal braces, ceramic, lingual, Invisalign, Self-Ligating Braces.
Correction phase – This stage occurs when the appliance is applied to the teeth.
The teeth align and then straighten, the malocclusions are corrected. This happens in a period of time that depends on the severity of the situations and the irregularity of the teeth or gum problems.
Maintenance phase – Following the removal of the appliance, the teeth are monitored through the use of retainers (fixed or mobile) and with orthodontic check-ups carried out approximately twice a year.
How Orthodontics works, at all ages: the type of appliances.
Many years ago, appliances consisted of large bands of metal that surrounded each tooth.
These days are of the past.
Today, appliances are radically different and consist of braces or clear aligners that gently guide the teeth to their ideal positions over a period of time.
There are also more recent alternatives: for instance, the Invisalign or the Incognito systems. These treatments use a series of transparent and mobile devices that allow the realignment of the teeth.
In our fully digital practice, we are glad to offer the following treatments to ensure you the most perfect and healthy smile:
- Orthodontics for children, adolescents and adults
- Aesthetic Orthodontics
- Treatment with invisible, elastic aligners (Invisalign™)
- Lingual technology (Incognito™)
- Treatment with ceramic braces (clear/ transparent)
- Combined orthodontic-maxillofacial treatments
- Pre-prosthetic Orthodontics
- Treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate
- Mouth-guards for sports
Do you have questions or just curious to know if teeth with crowns can be moved too?
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