Teeth Alignment – more than aesthetics

Proper teeth alignment is not just an aesthetic procedure, but a way to regain your own personality, confidence and form relationships with others.

Very few people are born with perfectly straight teeth, there is no misfortune, but some of us really need to straighten our teeth. A crooked smile can damage your self-confidence and first impressions with others. If you are ashamed to smile fully, you are missing out on opportunities to show your humor and personality to others.

An orthodontist can straighten teeth with braces, but sometimes people don’t want to wear them because they are visible. Invisalign is an alternative to braces that uses clear, plastic teeth aligners that are virtually invisible. Aligners are made specifically for each person and slowly move teeth into the desired position. The treatment generally takes about a year, although it can be shorter or longer depending on the individual case.

If you’re unhappy with your smile, but don’t want to wear traditional metal braces, there is another option. Teeth aligners are clear, plastic trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. They gently and gradually move your teeth into the correct position. Aligners are almost invisible, so people usually won’t even know you’re wearing them. You can remove them for eating and brushing your teeth.

If you’re considering teeth aligners, you’re not alone. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, about one in five people in the U.S. has some form of misaligned teeth. There are many different types of teeth aligners, and the best type for you depends on your individual needs.

Why the correct teeth alignment is important

Many people believe that aligned teeth are an aesthetic need. In fact, there are more important health reasons for proper tooth alignment.

In addition to giving you a great smile, aligned teeth reduce the risk of developing cavities. Misaligned teeth or malocclusions are harder to clean with brushing and flossing because they catch food, debris and bacteria that can build up over time and cause gum disease and tooth decay.

Chronic gum infections can also result from misaligned teeth, where food particles are trapped under or between the gums.

If you have regular fluoride protective treatments, it may not penetrate hard to reach areas of misaligned or overcrowded teeth.

Misaligned teeth can also cause speech impediments and chewing problems.

While very minor misalignments can be corrected with veneers or crowns, most malocclusions need to be corrected with orthodontic surgery – a suitable braces.

Tooth alignment problems

  • Crowded teeth: The teeth do not have enough space to fit comfortably in the jaw
  • Cut teeth: Gaps between teeth can change teeth or abnormal jaw growth
  • Cross bite: upper and lower jaws are misaligned
  • Overbite: The upper teeth protrude above the lower teeth
  • Underbite: The lower teeth protrude beyond the upper teeth
  • Open bite: Some teeth may not come into contact with opposing teeth

How to correct tooth alignment

The alignment of the teeth is usually corrected by two methods: braces or alignments. In some cases, contemporary braces may be better suited to meet your orthodontic needs and budget.

Clear alignments, on the other hand, ensure easy and discreet teeth alignment in less time than traditional braces.

About braces

With the help of a dental appliance, you solve both dental and health problems. Also, after the treatment, you get a correct occlusion (bite), a correct dental hygiene, you reduce the risk of having problems with the temporo-mandibular joint and the risk of periodontal disease.

A dental appliance is a medical device that is applied to the frontal surface of the teeth (in most cases) and has the role of influencing the growth and development of the dento-maxillary appliance, by applying certain forces on the teeth. With the help of a dental appliance, the position of the teeth is changed to prevent or correct the appearance of anomalies but also to obtain aesthetic and functional results.

The benefits of orthodontic treatment, in addition to straightening and aligning teeth, are:

  • The risk of cavities is reduced – aligned teeth are easier to clean during brushing, which reduces plaque.
  • The appearance of the facial profile is improved due to the movements of the teeth in the mandible and jaw, but also the centering of the midline.
  • Orthodontic treatment solves problems with the jaw joints (temporo-mandibular joint) and jaw pain.
  • Reduces the appearance of diseases that may occur on the protruding teeth
  • You gain an enviable smile, which will make you much more confident

Types of braces

Fixed braces, whether they are metal, ceramic or sapphire braces, have been in dentistry for decades and are the most sought after option due to their low cost, efficiency and very good results.

Classic (fixed) braces are dental braces that are applied to the front surface of the teeth (in most cases) and have the role of preventing or correcting the occurrence of abnormalities, and at the same time help to get a smile. aesthetic and functional. A classic device consists of: brackets, spring, transparent or colored elastic modules, ligatures and other components that can be used on a case by case basis.

The mobile dental appliance is made in the laboratory, depending on the situation of each patient, in order to effectively correct existing dental anomalies. The dentist will take the impression of the teeth, so that later the technician can make the device. It consists of two acrylate components that become flexible due to the metal hook and the screw that connects them.

How much does a brace cost?

The price of an orthodontic treatment with fixed brackets varies from case to case, depending on:

  • the initial condition of the patient’s teeth
  • the patient’s choice in choosing braces
    • metal appliance,
    • ceramic,
    • sapphire apparatus,
    • etc.
  • the evolution of orthodontic treatment
  • problems that may occur along the way (an example would be the detachment of brackets due to foods that should be avoided)

Therefore, the number one priority is oral health and it is recommended that the visit to the dentist be performed regularly. Together you will choose the best solutions for an aligned, beautiful and healthy smile!

How long should we wear braces?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies from case to case. In the case of adults, we usually speak of a period between 6 months and 2 years, ie from mild cases involving only the teeth alignment (6 months) to more complex cases involving corrections of the bite (2 years – 2 years and a half ).

In conclusion, if you want to opt for an aesthetic and functional method of correcting your smile, there is definitely a perfect solution for each of you! All you have to do is consult a dentist to give you the best guidance!

Aesthetics and functionality using a brace

We all want an aligned, white and beautiful smile. However, over the years, certain problems have arisen that lead to incorrect tooth growth and, often, to dental pain.

Which is the solution? Dental braces! A dental appliance is a medical device that is applied to the front surface of the teeth (in most cases) and has the role of influencing the growth and development of the dento-maxillary appliance, by applying certain forces on the teeth.

With the help of a dental appliance, the position of the teeth is changed to prevent or correct the appearance of anomalies, but also to obtain aesthetic and functional results.

With the help of a dental appliance you solve both dental and health problems. Also, after the treatment, you get a correct occlusion (bite), a correct dental hygiene, you reduce the risk of having problems with the temporo-mandibular joint and the risk of periodontal disease.

How do I know if I need braces?

  • If the teeth are crowded or there are alignment problems
  • If the bite is incorrect
  • If there are gum problems due to incorrect bite
  • If you grit your teeth very often
  • If you are not satisfied with the look of your smile
  • If you have obvious discomfort, or even toothache without an apparent cause.

Stages of treatment

Initial consultation – The orthodontist examines the bite (occlusion) and position of the teeth to decide whether or not the patient can wear braces.

Treatment plan – after consulting the orthodontist, based on x-rays and diagnostic pictures and the study model (dental impression), the specialist makes a personalized treatment plan depending on the condition of the patient’s teeth.

Mounting the appliance – the specialist mounts the dental appliance on one or two arches, depending on how it was provided in the treatment plan. The session lasts 45-60 minutes.

Periodic checks – during these sessions the dental appliance is activated, the spring and the elastic modules are changed when necessary; it is done once every 4-8 weeks, depending on the type of device.

End of treatment – after the teeth have been aligned and the teeth are in the correct position, the braces are removed and a prophylaxis session is performed.

Post-treatment – wearing the restraint device (gutter, restraint, etc.) with the role of keeping the first in the final position.

Wondering if it’s painful? You may feel a slight discomfort in the first days of wearing any type of dental appliance and in the days immediately following the regular visit to the orthodontist, but it disappears within 2-3 days.

The benefits of wearing braces

The benefits of orthodontic treatment, in addition to straightening and aligning teeth, are:

  • The risk of cavities is low – the aligned teeth are easier to clean during brushing, which reduces plaque.
  • The appearance of the facial profile is improved due to the movements of the teeth in the mandible and jaw, but also the centering of the midline.
  • Orthodontic treatment solves problems with the jaw joints (temporo-mandibular joint) and jaw pain.
  • Reduces the appearance of diseases that may occur on the protruding teeth
  • You gain an enviable smile, which will make you much more confident

How many types of braces are there?

Dental braces are of 2 types: fixed and mobile.

Fixed orthodontic appliances are brackets (they can be metal braces, ceramic braces, sapphire braces) and functional braces (circuit breaker, lingual arch, flat bits) that are most commonly used in children during the growing period. Mobile braces are braces and orthodontic plates with anchoring elements (hooks).

Fixed braces with brackets positioned on the outer face of the teeth are the most used by orthodontists for treatment. You can opt for metal brackets, those metal stars that are mounted on each tooth or for aesthetic brackets, made of ceramic or sapphire, which have a color very close to that of the teeth, so they are very difficult to notice by those around.

Another option is the lingual brackets, ie those that are mounted on the inside of the teeth, being practically invisible. This is the most aesthetic option, but it has the disadvantage of the price, which is higher.

Mobile braces can be removed and applied at any time by the patient. For example, gutters are like transparent gloves for teeth. We can treat a number of problems such as minor migration of teeth, teeth with small gaps between them, occlusions (bites) incorrectly aligned, depending on the severity of the problem.

Another variant is the orthodontic plates anchored to the dental arch with the help of anchoring elements (wire hooks) or devices without anchoring elements, and their maintenance in the oral cavity is done reflexively, through muscle contraction (myofunctional).

The purpose of dental braces is to correct the following problems:

  • Misalignment (teeth are cramped or misaligned properly);
  • If the bite is not done correctly, the teeth must be corrected;
  • Joint problems caused by incorrect bite;
  • If you grit your teeth very often, you will develop problems that can lead to serious ailments;
  • The look of the smile is not what you want.

When can we resort to orthodontic treatment and braces?

It is recommended that orthodontic treatment be considered at an early age. This means that you can wear braces even during your baby teeth. Even if they fall out, being replaced by permanent (adult) teeth, the dental appliance has the role of stimulating the growth in good condition of the maxillary bones. Mobile braces are most commonly worn during baby teething.

The advantage is that the permanent teeth will grow and align in the correct positions or, if it is later the case for a new device, the new process and treatment will be simpler and shorter.

Dental braces are not just for children

Many people believe that once you get older, your teeth can no longer be corrected by wearing braces. False – it can be applied to both adults and children with permanent teeth, regardless of their age or dental problems.

In adults, because the bones are not as malleable, the treatment may take longer, which is the only drawback. However, in the long run, it is better to wear braces, the alternative being to stay with an unsightly smile, risking even developing certain dental and joint problems.

Therefore, it is recommended to talk to your orthodontist and use a brace in advance.

What types of fixed braces exist?

There are 2 types of fixed braces:

  1. Fixed braces , which can be of several types: metallic, ceramic or sapphire – it has been in dentistry for decades and is the most frequently requested option by patients. It has low costs, high efficiency and very good results.
  2. Self-ligating braces – use a system with special brackets, these braces offer the highest degree of quality and precision, being an innovation in orthodontics.

The second option is recommended for people who want to get results in the shortest possible time. We use DAMON self-ligating braces, produced by Ormco, the world leader in orthodontic products. The DAMON system completely eliminates the application of elastic modules, the fixing of the spring being done with the help of a flap that closes / opens.

The advantage is that once the need to apply these modules / elastics is eliminated, the springs specially designed for this system slide freely into the brackets, which leads to a much faster treatment than conventional braces.

This means fewer visits to regular check-ups, but also greater patient comfort.

Another advantage of the lack of elastic modules is the easier cleaning of the dental appliance: this new system accumulates much less bacterial plaque, and cleaning is much easier.

We suggest that you go to a pre-professional consultation (usually for free) to see exactly what the best options are for you to follow and which braces are right for you!

Find out what type of braces are right for you

Dental braces are the solution that has been used for almost 300 years to bring and keep your teeth in the right position.

Specifically, in 1728, the French dentist Pierre Fauchard – who is credited with inventing modern orthodontics – published a book called The Dental Surgeon, which described various methods by which teeth could be straightened. He also invented the first dental appliance.

The dental appliance is the safest way, permanently improved and perfected in its 3 centuries, which gives very good results when we want to correct teeth that have grown unsightly or difunctionally.

An adult has 28 “basic” teeth, 14 upper teeth and 14 lower teeth, to which are added the 4 wisdom teeth, which may or may not develop. The 32 teeth are grouped into categories, 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars and 12 molars.

What are the most common problems that may lead to corrective action?

  • Your teeth are crooked, crowded, or misaligned, and your smile is unsightly;
  • The bite is not done correctly and needs to be corrected;
  • Due to an incorrect bite, gum problems begin to appear;
  • If you grit your teeth very often, you will develop other problems that can affect your quality of life and lead to complications.

When can braces be worn?

There is no age limit and it is never too early or too late.

There are many people who have the (wrong) impression that a brace is only for children. Teeth can be corrected throughout our lives. Milk teeth can also be corrected, not just adult teeth.

The only difference is that in adults, the results will appear in a longer period of time, compared to the results that young children can have.

Wearing braces, however, is recommended to be done as early as possible in life because, over time, the bones are less elastic than those of a growing child.

From this point of view, it is worth mentioning that the dental appliance in children also has the role of stimulating the growth in good condition of the maxillary bones. For this reason, later, when the permanent adult teeth will form, they will grow correctly and will align with the good positions of the baby teeth.

What is the best braces?

Your orthodontist can tell you exactly which brace is best for you or your child.

Fixed braces fall into 2 main categories:

  1. Classic braces : can be made of metal, ceramic or sapphire – these models are the most common types of braces.
  2. Self-ligating braces : a modern variant of braces, which uses a special system that does not require the application of (elastic) modules on brackets and which offers faster results than a classic braces.

The latest technologies and modern braces can give much faster results than the classic alternatives, but if your budget is limited, you can make the final decision with your dentist, especially considering what your needs are and how fast. the problem can be solved.

The most commonly used dental appliance is the metal dental appliance. This type of device can be worn for a period of 1-2 years, depending on the orthodontic treatment plan that your dentist will create for you.

You will go to a consultation every month, where together with the orthodontist you will see the results, the evolution of the treatment but also to adjust the device.

Once treatment is complete, it may be advisable to wear a braces.

The purpose of this appliance is to ensure that the progress you have made so far will remain for the rest of your life, in the sense that your teeth will not return to their original position. This device should be worn for a period of time, depending on what your orthodontist recommends.

Any dental problem will be solved in time, if you turn to specialist help – whether you have an unsightly smile or more serious problems.

Just remember that it is very important to go for a regular check-up at the dentist, to try as much as possible to avoid the development of dental problems.

The perfect braces? Invisible braces!

If when you feel like laughing, do you realize that you have to be careful how you do it because of your unsightly teeth? Then maybe it’s time to consider solutions to correct the situation.

There are several types of braces. There are some models that can give extremely accurate and fast results, especially those based on the most modern technologies.

This includes Damon self-ligating braces, which are manufactured by Ormco. These types of devices offer the highest degree of quality and accuracy, but also enjoy proven clinical performance, with functional and aesthetic results.

In addition to dental appliances with very new technologies, there are models of dental appliances that are more affordable and will create a perfect smile.

We refer to the fixed dental appliance. Whether it is a metal, ceramic or sapphire braces, these models have been in dentistry for decades and are the most sought after options.

This is true because of the low cost, but also the efficiency and good results that these dental braces can bring over time.

When do I know I need braces?

First of all, if you go to your dentist regularly for a checkup, he can tell you if you need to go to a brothel. However, both you and those around you may suggest that your crooked teeth are raised, worn, or unsightly.

If you feel uncomfortable laughing “with your whole mouth”, even when you look in the mirror or look at the pictures that your friends are taking of you, then it means that you need to do something.

Even if you grit your teeth or have problems with your gums when you bite, the bite is not done correctly due to the teeth that did not develop properly, we are also talking about this type of necessary correction.

Because each person’s physiognomy has specific features, the brace will need to be built to fix the problems you have. Therefore, a consultation should be made, and the specialist can present you with alternatives and treatment plans.

Dental braces can be worn at any age

You may not have known this, but there is a myth that only children can wear braces, because only the teeth when you are a child or teenager can be straightened or corrected. This myth is partly true, when you are a child / teenager, baby teeth or adult teeth from that period are much easier to correct.

That is why it is recommended to wear braces as early as possible in life, because the results can be obtained more easily, with a smaller budget and in a shorter time.

However, braces can also be used successfully by adults, the “disadvantages” being that our adult teeth are a little harder to straighten and correct, and the results will be seen in a longer time.

Invisible sapphire braces!

Your social life, conferences, meetings with clients or office activities can go on as before. The notable difference will be that you will wear an invisible brace that will correct your teeth, discreetly and efficiently.

A very popular physiognomic dental appliance is the sapphire dental appliance, which provides a discreet and modern orthodontic treatment for correcting and repositioning teeth.

The sapphire dental appliance is a fixed orthodontic appliance, the difference being given by the material of which the brackets are composed. Because they do not have metallic compounds, the braces of the sapphire dental appliance can go completely unnoticed due to their transparency.

This model of braces offers increased efficiency and optimal results for perfect teeth. The brackets have excellent strength and exert optimum pressure for quick straightening of the teeth.

Any dental problem , whether you have an unsightly smile or more serious problems, will be solved in time , if you seek specialist help. It is very important to have regular check-ups with your dentist, in order to try as much as possible to avoid the development of dental problems.

Q&A on teeth alignment

Which type of doctor specializes in teeth and jaw alignment?

Orthodontists are doctors who specialize in teeth and jaw alignment. They use braces and other devices to correct dental problems and improve the appearance of teeth.

How should teeth align?

There is no one perfect way for teeth to align, as everyone’s mouth is different. However, generally speaking, teeth should be aligned so that they are evenly spaced and fit snugly together.

What is teeth alignment?

Teeth alignment is the process of straightening teeth that are not in the correct position. This can be done through a variety of methods, such as braces, Invisalign, or other dental devices.

What are teeth aligners?

Teeth aligners are clear plastic trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth. They gently shift your teeth into place over time.

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