What is orthodontics?
The part of odontology specialized in analyzing the growth of jawbones as well as the bad position of teeth. The goal of orthodontics is to move teeth and correct their position by using braces in order to leave the teeth in harmony and perfectly lined up.
Is orthodontics painful?
Your teeth can be sensistive and you may experience difficulty to eat for one to two days after your visit to the dentist. This disappears gradually as the treatment progresses. If necessary, you can take a mild analgesic.
Do spreaders hurt?
They can be somewhat painful, for a few days. You can take an analgesic if needed.
What happens if I don’t want to have orthodontics and I don’t want to have my teeth nicely lined up?
Don’t worry; you won’t starve, because nowadays there are lots of soft foods that do not require so much chewing. But brushing and cleaning a mouth with crowded teeth and with a bad bite is much more difficult. It can lead to more cavities and problems such as inflammation and bleeding of the gums, and bad breath. It can also affect the way you speak, swallow and chew, in addition to the aesthetic problem.
What other advantages are there to have well lined up teeth?
It will be easier to take care of your mouth, you can improve your phonetics and your teeth will last longer.
What is a retainer and why do I have to use it?
A retainer is a removable device made of wire and acrylic and fixed to the teeth; it adjusts to the palate. It is used after the orthodontic treatment and after removing the fixed devices. Even if your teeth are now in the right position, the bone that surrounds them may not be strong enough. The retainer is used to keep the position of the teeth while the bone gets harder.
How long does an orthodontic treatment usually last?
It depends on how crowded your teeth are. The dentist usually makes an assessment of the duration of the treatment before starting, but the treatment of a severe malocclusion can take years.
Why do I have to wear rubber bands?
Rubber bands help you use certain teeth or groups of teeth to improve occlusion. You can remove them yourself before meals and put them back again after eating. If you need extra rubber bands your dentist will give you a few as a free sample, and will teach you how to use them.
Do I have to wear braces at night?
This kind of braces are not for full time. In case you require night braces, you will need to consult with the dentist and wear them whenever necessary.
Can the position of my teeth be improved simply with a retainer or with a removable device?
In some cases of minor bad position, the use of a retainer or a removable device can be enough.
How long do I have to wear the retainer?
At the end of the orthodontic treatment, it will be necessary to use a retainer typically for one year. Your orthodontist will discuss this in further detail.
How often do I have to visit my dentist to adjust them?
Adjustments are usually every four weeks. The orthodontist will tell you when you have to go to check and adjust your fittings.
How often should I visit the dentist once the fixed orthodontic device has been removed?
At the beginning, you will probably have to go every four to six weeks, but as the treatment goes, it will only be every four to six months for the dentist to check the good condition of the retainer.
Do I have to follow a specific type of diet during orthodontic treatment?
There is no strict ‘diet’. Your dentist will ask you to avoid certain types of food (hard, sticky, gummy or too sweet). Eating this kind of food can mean a higher risk of breaking or losing some part of the device and, thus, make the treatment longer. Eating sweets or candies during this time can also increase the risk of caries.
Do fixed orthodontic device cause cavities?
No, not if you follow your orthodontist’s instructions carefully.
Will it take one hour to clean my teeth?
No, it will just be a little longer than normal, especially at the beginning, until you learn how to clean your teeth and braces.
Will it be necessary to extract some of my teeth and molars?
The orthodontist may have to extract one tooth or baby tooth. In case the teeth are too crowded, it can be necessary to extract one tooth so that the others fit perfectly.
If one of the components of my braces breaks down, will I have to start the whole treatment again?
No, but if you notice that a brace or band is loose or broken, make sure you tell your orthodontist as soon as possible.
Shall I have to have my wisdom teeth removed after the orthodontic treatment?
After the orthodontic treatment, there might not be enough space for the wisdom teeth. If your dentist considers you don’t have enough space, he will recommend that you have them removed.
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
An orthodontic treatment can prevent you from having more extensive dental or medical treatments in the future, thereby helping you save money in the long term. In addition, early correction of a malocclusion means the physical and psychological benefits will last forever. So, even if the cost can seem high in the beginning, the benefits will be visible during all your life.
If orthodontics is not enough to solve my problem, will I have to undergo surgery?
Some malocclusions can be so bad that the treatment with fixed orthodontics may not be enough. In such cases, the dentist or orthodontist will have to turn to a maxillofacial surgeon. These cases are not very common, and when they do happen, the combination of orthodontics and surgery gives excellent results.
What is Invisalign?
The transparent alternative to fixed appliances.
Invisalign uses tailor made Aligner sets that fit you. Almost invisible aligners reposition your teeth to get a smile that you will be proud of.
- Remove Aligners to eat, brush or brush your teeth
- Change the Aligners every two weeks
- Your teeth will move little by little
- Regular progress checks with your orthodontist
- Visible results often between 6 months and 1 year
Why do people prefer Invisalign?
The comfort and ease of use of the Invisalign system have made it the choice of more than three million people. In fact, Invisalign has managed to make hundreds of thousands of people wear a new and incredible smile.
- Most people will not even notice that they are undergoing treatment.
- Does not interfere with lifestyle
No wires or metal appliances that irritate your mouth and, best of all, hardly anyone will notice that it is in treatment. Invisalign®, the obvious alternative to fixed appliances, chosen by more than 3,000,000 people who want a beautiful smile.