We use the latest orthodontic techniques, which include the implementation of translucent or metallic braces, as well as internal braces.
Our clinic has a dedicated orthodontic department that specializes in repairing and repositioning the jaw, correcting teeth asymmetry, and addressing problematic eating or chewing habits. In some cases, we can also help with spelling and speech issues. Patients can also improve their smile by changing its shape or correcting issues such as upper or lower teeth protrusion, flexion, irregular bite, and teeth spacing or crowding.
Precise and careful steps for dental orthodontic treatment
How long does it take to finish orthodontic treatment?
Should teeth be extracted before or after getting braces?
After getting braces, when do we feel the change in our teeth?
Is getting braces a painful process?
Is orthodontic treatment expensive?
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on improving the appearance and function of teeth by moving them to the correct position. This can result in a more beautiful smile and improved ability to chew food properly, leading to optimal digestion.
Types of dental orthodontics
Orthodontic appliances are generally divided into two main categories:
• Removable appliances
• Fixed appliances
Differences between fixed and removable orthodontic appliances
- Fixed orthodontic appliances are installed by the dentist and cannot be removed from the mouth. They remain in place 24 hours a day and do not require any cooperation from the patient in their use. They may be metallic with a silver color or transparent, and can be installed on the front or back of the teeth.
- On the other hand, removable orthodontic appliances are transparent and are worn by the patient for a specific period of time during the day, typically no less than 18 hours per day, to achieve a certain result. The success of removable appliances depends entirely on the patient’s adherence to their use and the doctor’s instructions. When used correctly, they can provide the same results as fixed appliances but with added comfort. However, if the patient does not use them correctly or for a sufficient period, they may not achieve the desired outcome.
Choosing between fixed and removable orthodontic appliances ?
The choice between fixed and removable orthodontic appliances depends on the patient’s condition, and each type of appliance is suitable for different individuals.
For example, in the case of young patients (eight or nine years old), removable orthodontic appliances are typically used. For patients aged 12 years or older, fixed orthodontic appliances are generally recommended.
If the case involves moving one or two teeth in a specific direction or simple directions, removable orthodontic appliances may be effective. However, if the case requires moving a large number of teeth in significant directions or there is severe protrusion or crowding of the teeth, fixed orthodontic appliances are usually the best option to achieve optimal results.
In addition to fixed and removable appliances, there are other types of orthodontic appliances available, such as clear, metal, internal, and external braces. Regardless of the type of appliance used, consistent and proper use is essential to achieve the best results.
The orthodontic retainer
It is a device that is attached to the inside of the teeth and is similar to traditional external braces, except for its placement on the inside of the teeth. It serves the same purpose as external braces and provides the same results.
The orthodontic retainer is a vital component of orthodontic treatment, as it helps to maintain the new positions of teeth after braces have been removed. Without a retainer, teeth may shift back to their previous position. Orthodontic treatment is not complete with the removal of braces since the retainer is necessary to maintain the teeth’s position. Neglecting to use the retainer properly according to the dentist’s instructions may result in the teeth returning to their original position.
Early orthodontic treatment
Early orthodontic treatment can address any jaw deformities, such as protrusion of the upper or lower jaw, which can be avoided if treatment is initiated at a young age. The patient wears orthodontic appliances that can correct or modify the growth of the upper or lower jaw, depending on the individual’s condition. This can prevent the need for jaw surgeries at the age of 18 or 19.
The appropriate age for orthodontic treatment
The appropriate age for installing braces depends on the individual’s condition, and there is no specific age for orthodontic treatment since it varies based on the case. If the case involves a problem with jaw growth, such as protrusion or retrusion of the upper or lower jaw, or a small size of one or both jaws, orthodontic treatment should start at an early age, around 7 or 8 years old, to avoid the need for cosmetic surgery at the age of 18 or 20, as mentioned before.
It is essential to have a child’s teeth checked from the age of 6 years old. If there is a problem with the jaws, it can be detected and corrected early. It is also crucial to monitor the replacement of teeth properly.
If the issue is only with the teeth, there is no problem in starting orthodontic treatment after the age of 12, once most or all of the teeth have been replaced. There is no maximum age for orthodontic treatment, but the condition of the bones is taken into consideration before initiating treatment.
Is it possible for teeth to relapse after orthodontic treatment ?
Teeth relapse after orthodontic treatment refers to their return to their original position before the treatment, which depends on the patient’s condition prior to treatment. In some cases, a permanent retainer is required to maintain the teeth’s position throughout the patient’s life, as they may return to their original position if the retainer is not placed at any time. Other cases may require a retainer for a specific period of time, such as a year or more, and no longer. Some cases may not require a retainer at all. The appropriate retainer and period are chosen based on the patient’s condition to prevent any relapse after orthodontic treatment.
Cases in which orthodontic treatment is not recommended
Tooth extraction in orthodontic treatment
The decision to extract teeth during orthodontic treatment depends on the need for space. In cases of crowding, there may be a need for sufficient space to correct the issue. If the jaw is narrow and there is not enough space, the dentist may need to extract some of the smaller teeth to eliminate crowding. However, cases that do not suffer from crowding do not require tooth extraction.
The space resulting from tooth extraction in orthodontic treatment
The space resulting from tooth extraction is fully utilized to address tooth crowding. Once the crowding is resolved and all teeth are in their proper and natural positions, there will be no trace of the extraction, even if the number of teeth has been reduced.
Does orthodontic treatment hurt the gums and jawbones ?
If orthodontic treatment is performed correctly and effectively by a knowledgeable orthodontist, it should not cause any harm to the jawbones or gums. However, if excessive force is applied to the jawbones or teeth, it may lead to changes in the shape of the jaw and the strength of the teeth, such as bone loss or root resorption.