Orthodontics – what is it?
Various occlusal malformations are very common in the Polish population. Sometimes they are genetically conditioned, but more often they are the result of bad habits, dysfunctions or premature loss of teeth. In all these cases orthodontics can help both children and adults. Orthodontics methods allow not only to improve the appearance of the patient, but significantly increase his quality of life.
Orthodontics – types of treatments
Orthodontic treatment is based on removable (mainly for children) or permanent orthodontic appliances. In our clinic, the implementation of removable orthodontic apparatuses is significantly accelerated thanks to the neighbouring prosthetic laboratory. It allows the orthodontist and dental technician to work actively at all stages of treatment. Fixed braces are made using metal or ceramic locks. We also use self-ligaturing lock systems (eg Damon), which improve aesthetics, allow easy cleaning and speeds up the treatment process. A novelty in our clinic is the 3D Smile technique, a method of teeth alignment with the use of transparent invisible splints produced with the help of a computer program, without the need to attach locks.
Orthodontics – the course of the procedure
Before starting the treatment, the orthodontist collects patient’s extra oral and intraoral photos and takes impressions and cephalometric photo. Based on the collected documentation and models, he prepares a treatment plan that must be approved by the patient. Next, the doctor establishes a suitable orthodontic apparatus and provides the patient with recommendations about proper hygiene or possible activation of braces at home. At subsequent visits, we control the treatment process.
With the 3D Smile method, the patient receives overlay which he carries until the next follow-up visit. Usually, the treatment requires a dozen or so overlays to achieve the perfect shape to the dental arches.
Orthodontics – indications and contraindications