What good do I offer Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a field of dentistry dealing with the treatment of malocclusion in children and adults. The result of orthodontic treatment is the correct placement of the teeth into a harmonious arch, improving the appearance and features of the face. A beautiful smile is not only healthy and snow-white teeth, but according to research it’s 50% greater chance of professional success because thanks to straight and white teeth we feel more confident, have better self-esteem and make it easier to establish contacts with other people.
Stages of orthodontic treatment:
- Consultation and treatment plan – the doctor performs analysis of malocclusion, performs internal and extra-oral examination, performs impressions to obtain plaster or digital models, performs photographic documentation and instructs the patient to perform usually two X-ray images (panoramic X-ray, cephalometric X-ray). Then, after analyzing all of the above and taking into account the expectations of the patient, the doctor presents the patient with a treatment plan, explaining in detail the purpose and type of the proposed device, duration of treatment and costs. The patient or his guardian always receives a treatment plan in a written form.
- Active treatment – depending on the patient’s preferences and the recognized malocclusion, the orthodontist uses a suitable apparatus. During the entire treatment process in adults, regular check-ups are necessary. Active treatment with a fixed appliance in an adult lasts an average of 1.5 to 2.5 years.
- Retention treatment – when the malocclusion is corrected, the physician together with the patient decides to remove the device, retention therapy is to maintain the achieved effects, most often a special retention wire glued from the internal surface to the teeth in the anterior.
- Prevention and hygiene – thorough home hygiene is extremely important during the entire orthodontic treatment process. The patients immediately after the device are placed are thoroughly informed about appropriate oral hygiene products, brushes, threads, rinses necessary for use during the whole orthodontic treatment process. In addition, every 3 to 6 months our qualified dental hygienists remove scale deposits and plaque on the teeth that accumulates around camera locks.
Types of orthodontic appliances:
- Removable appliances – the patient is able to remove himself from the oral cavity, they are using often in children and teenagers, they require high regularity, self-discipline and cooperation with the treating physician in order to achieve the intended therapeutic effect. The implementation process is to take a tooth imprint to get a model, and then an individual design of the camera, which can be “on request” color or thematic of a young patient.
- Fixed appialnces/permanent dental braces – the patient is not able to remove the device from the mouth by himself, it requires the doctor’s intervention, it is a type of apparatus that works 24 hours a day, does not require the patient to “remember” to put on the camera, but it takes time to perfection hygiene around all components.
We use permanent, thin-walled appliances, where we use various types of locks: metal, aesthetic (porcelain and crystal), self-ligating, and thick-walled apparatuses such as: palatal arch, bilhelix, tongue arch, lip bumper. In our dental office, we also use many other types of orthodontic appliances, which we offer Patients after careful analysis of malocclusion.