Orthodonticsis a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental and facial abnormalities.
t Is a specialty that aims to improve the quality of life of individuals, balancing form and function of the masticatory organs by preventing, correcting or concealing dentofacial problems.
As a result , symmetry and balance are obteined, and consequently a better aesthetic through the use and control of different types of forces.
How long will orthodontic treatment last?
The average time is 2 years for a typical case. This time is relative. Treatments can last from one to three years, for the most complex cases.
How often should the check-ups be done?
Initial appointments are more often than the ones that come later due to the fact that during this session the specialist performs the complete installation. Then the patient is asked to visit the specialist every 3 to 4 weeks, according to what the patient needs
Do I keep on visiting the orthodontist after the treatment ?
Usually once the treatment has finished the specialist has to fix an orthodontic device. This treatment is done with a type of device that can be removable, fixed, or both. Its purpose is to keep the goal achieved during treatment. The length of the after-treatment is variable, according to the patient’s needs
How soon can changes be noticed?
Once installation is complete, within a few months, major changes are evident. This is encouraging for the patient who may feel that the teeth are adopting the final position
What is the fixed orthodontic metal brackets?
It is conventional orthodontics. It is the most widespread type of orthodontic. Brackets are placed on the outside of the tooth (the visible side). Each silver bracket attaches to the tooth surface.
Is the treatment painful?
No, it isn’t. The first few days some discomfort may be felt but eventually it decreases as the patient gets used to the presence of fixed appliance.
Are there other more aesthetic variations?
Yes,there are. Ceramic brackets can be used, these are called “aesthetic brackets” and lingual orthodontics, where braces are placed ” inside”.
Can removable orthodontic braces be used instead of fixed?
After studying the case, the orthodontist defines what type of appliances the patient will need
What is the difference between ceramic brackets and metal?
The metal and ceramic brackets have the same function, the difference is the type of material used, which makes it less visible externally. Its strength is equal and the length of the treatment is the same. Their material is more expensive, and so is the treatment.
What are the aesthetic orthodontic brackets?
This refers to the type of orthodontic which uses ceramic brackets. They are devices of similar color to the teeth, or transparent. They are placed on the visible face of the tooth.
Will I get used to having braces in my mouth?
Mostly patients experience an initial period of discomfort that lasts several days. Gradually you get used to it until the discomfort disappears completely.