Orthodontic Treatment

Today, healthy teeth aligned with an attractive smile, play an important social role and are an attribute for a lifetime. They represent youth, dynamism and success, greater self-esteem and security and are a kind of optical letter that creates a better initial impression when meeting new people.

On the other hand, misaligned and unattractive teeth can generate shy and shy personalities and even contribute to depressions in those predisposed to this condition.

Unfortunately, nature is not always so considerate: over 50% of children have poor occlusions and require orthodontic treatment with brackets. There are also many adults who suffer from malocclusions, since in the past orthodontic treatments were not available to many or were not performed in the right way.

Orthodontic treatment is highly reliable and very successful. Depending on the severity of malocclusion or irregularity, orthodontic treatments may occur in two or three distinct phases.

The benefits of correcting misaligned teeth are many. Straight teeth are pleasant to look at and greatly increase confidence and self-esteem. More importantly, properly aligned teeth enhance the functions when biting, chewing and speaking all functions of a jaw.

The Phases of orthodontic treatment

Phase 1: Planning

The planning stage the orthodontist makes an accurate diagnosis to realign the teeth in the most effective and most convenient way.

Phase 2: The active phase

Diagnostic will be used to develop a customized plan for the particular requirements of patient treatment. The orthodontist will then recommend appropriate orthodontic devices to gently move the teeth with proper alignment.

This orthodontic application can be fixed or removable. Most commonly, the traditional fixed brakes are placed, which uses individual dental brakes connected by a wire bow. The lingual supports are also fixed, but they fit on the inside (tongue side) of the teeth to make them less visible.

Removable devices are an alternative to fixed brakes. Examples of removable devices include the Invisalign system, the headband, and the mask. These devices are designed to be used for a specified amount of hours each day to speed the treatment. Whatever the orthodontic device, the orthodontist will adjust it regularly to ensure adequate and continuous pressure that will be applied to the teeth. It is essential to visit the orthodontist at the indicated intervals and call if the device part is broken or damaged.

Phase 3: The retention phase

When the teeth have been properly aligned, the fixed props and removable devices will be removed and discontinued. The most uncomfortable part of orthodontic treatment is now on top. The orthodontist will then create a custom retainer. The goal of the retainer is to ensure that the teeth do not begin to shift back to their original positions. Holders need to be used for a specified amount of time per day for a specific term.

Types of Orthodontic Treatments

Within the Orthodontic sector we can find a wide variety of types of orthodontic treatments, where each of them has a specific function.

Interceptive treatments

In this case we are before all those interventions whose purpose is to correct or reduce problems related to dental alignment. Usually interceptive treatments take place when the patient is between 8 and 10 years old, while some of the usual interventions are maxillary expansion, which will be very useful when there is a cross-bite.

Remedial treatments

In this case it is usual that this process takes place during adolescence and all kinds of devices are used that will be very useful to correct both misalignment and dental crowding. Formerly we only had metal brackets, however today we have a wide assortment of devices such as the Invisalign technique or Lingual Orthodontics that not only stand out because they are more comfortable for the patient but also have the particularity of respecting the dental Aesthetics.

Orthodontic treatment in adult patients

Unlike what many think Orthodontics is not only a process for adolescent patients and it is that more and more adults decide to solve dental misalignment through an Orthodontic process, especially considering the numerous possibilities available to this day and who are responsible for respecting aesthetics. Yes it is true that adult orthodontics is a somewhat more complicated process compared to adolescents and this is due to a wide variety of causes such as there is no growth of teeth as well as it should also be noted that tooth movement is slower so the process will be somewhat longer. On the other hand it must be said that on many occasions the process of adult orthodontics carries with it the realization of dental reconstructions such as endodontics or implants.