When do you need dental braces?
With the use of dental braces, it is possible to correct esthetic and functional shortcomings of gums and teeth alike, which are at risk when hygiene is made more difficult by incorrectly positioned teeth. Braces shift the entire tooth, both the crown and the root. Ceramic crowns and veneers change only the appearance of the crown and its angle relative to the root. The root itself stays where it is, which is in some cases a worse solution than braces.
Prosthetics are often combined with braces to take utmost advantage of both treatments. For example, first the braces set the teeth to appropriate positions – and then after their removal, bridges or implants make up for the rest.
What are braces?
Braces are an orthodontic tool which consists of a bracket that is fastened to the crowns in one jaw and connected by a wire, which shifts the teeth to the desired positions. The teeth move 1 mm a month. Although that sounds like slow progress, it is in fact quite quick – the results are soon noticeable. Considering that the root of the tooth relocates to another spot in the bone, it takes time for it to be properly secured. As such, it is highly important to wear a splint overnight after removing the braces, usually for as long as the therapy itself
took – and even longer, if needed. This way, we ensure our good results.
Therapy takes between a year and year and a half, with mandatory monthly checkups.
Metal and ceramic brackets function the same way – the only difference is in the appearance and the price. Self-regulating brackets give quicker results in certain cases. The decision between each of these is made during the checkup itself and in agreement with the orthodontist.
Within other orthodontic solutions, there are various removable appliances that are used in children. As opposed to the fixed braces that readjusts only the teeth, these appliances can also impact the jawbone development.The bone is stimulated towards the designated position and it grows in a certain way. As such, we ensure ample room for all the teeth, as well as adjust facial appearance.
Invisalign (invisible orthodontics):
Transparent orthodontic appliances – Invisalign – have been particularly popular in recent years. We use this system in all patients with the exception of children, where a traditional mobile retainer is usually a better solution.
We recommend for it to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and removed only during
meals. It is a better option than braces due to better hygiene and easier maintenance. The advantage of the transparent appliance is that it is almost invisible when worn, and it can be removed as needed for certain major events and special occasions. It is significantly more convenient than fixed braces. Within reason, of course, in order to achieve the desired outcome.
Every two weeks, the splint is replaced – and each subsequent splint additionally shifts and corrects the teeth.
Regular checkups are absolutely mandatory. After the therapy is finished, the patient
receives a splint that will maintain the results.