Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that is dedicated to the prevention and correction of bad tooth and jaw positions.
At what age should you make your first orthodontic appointment?
All children should have their first orthodontic appointment at around 6 years of age, after the eruption of their first definitive teeth, to assess the need for treatment.
What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment?
The benefits of this type of treatment are:
- Correct alignment of teeth, making better dental hygiene possible and reducing the risk of caries and gum problems;
- Good chewing, muscle and jaw joint function with benefits for general health and well-being;
- Improved aesthetics of the face and smile, with the consequent increase in self-esteem.
What are the main causes of orthodontic problems?
The causes of this type of problems can be:
- Hereditary (e.g., chin or protruding teeth of the father or mother);
- Environmental (soother or thumb sucking habits, mouth breathing, early loss of milk teeth) or a combination of the two.
Can adults also correct their teeth?
Yes. Anyone with orthodontic problems can benefit from orthodontic treatment as an adult.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
A treatment in this specialty takes an average of 24 months, but may vary depending on the type of deformation, the difficulty of the treatment to be performed, the patient’s age and the patient’s cooperation during the treatment.
Do fixed appliances require special oral hygiene care?
Yes. Fixed appliances promote the retention of plaque during treatment. For this reason, teeth should be brushed after every meal, using a fluoridated paste and an orthodontic brush, as well as daily brushes.
Do orthodontic appliances cause pain?
No. Braces can cause some discomfort, especially in the first hours after they are placed or adjusted. However, this discomfort quickly disappears.
How are the teeth moved?
Teeth are moved by the light forces exerted by braces, which promote the transformation of the bone around them.
Can sports be played with braces?
Yes. However, in the case of sports with physical contact, individualized protection should be used in order to avoid injuries to soft waste as well as fractures of braces.
What types of braces are there?
Today, there is a wide variety of fixed and removable braces specially designed to move teeth and jaws themselves to the desired positions.
We have several types of braces available for you:
- Dentofacial Orthopedics (jaw corrections);
“conventional” orthodontic appliances;
- Self-ligating orthodontic appliances;
- Myofunctional braces (Myobrace® System);
- Aesthetic orthodontic appliances (monocrystalline sapphire);
- Invisalign® System.
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