What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dental medicine which deals with correcting irregular alignment of teeth or abnormal bite at any age.
Why is it important to have normal alignment of teeth?
Because crowded teeth, as well as those which do not have normal contact with the adjacent teeth, are more susceptible to dental caries. Such conditions make dental hygiene more difficult and create potential problems. In addition to dental caries, these conditions often result in periodontal diseases (paradontopathy and inflammation of the gums). Irregular teeth alignment may lead to tension in the muscles of mastication and pain in the temporomandibular joints, shoulders and back… Orthodontic treatment improves the health of the oral cavity, makes your teeth look more beautiful, corrects your tooth alignment and ensures normal teeth position.
Digital orthodontics in A1 Dental Studio
There is a wide spectre of methods and appliances with which the teeth can be straightened and bite corrected. All appliances are designed in such a way so as to exert pressure on the teeth within a particular period of time.
The modern concept of teeth repositioning is based on precise laboratory work and computer-aided preparation, thus shortening treatment time and making the treatment more comfortable and efficient.
In A1 Dental Studio we apply digital orthodontics in order to create an ideal solution for your smile. This means that we use digital tools to apply diagnostic procedures, and to design and simulate your future smile, after which, using all those data, we make a precise orthodontic treatment plan for your perfect smile.
Digital orthodontics – what does it mean in practice?
As a first step, the orthodontist examines the patient and analyzes diagnostic scans and photographs. After that, a digital scan is made by means of modern 3D intraoral cameras. The advantages of digital scanning are precision, speed and unmatched comfort for the patient. Based on all the data gathered by scanning and analyzing the images, the orthodontist makes an individual treatment plan.
All data are entered in the software designing our patient’s smile and planning the treatment process (what teeth are to be shifted and in what order), with a view to achieving an ideal position of teeth both in terms of aesthetics and health. It is important to know that all teeth are shifted and not only those which are visible when we smile.
The goal which we are striving to achieve is a normal bite, and from an aesthetic point of view – a perfect smile! Before we even start treatment, owing to digital technologies we are able to show our patients the simulation of the final alignment, or in other words, what their smile will look like after the treatment!
The repositioning of teeth is a complex biological process which needs to be controlled from the beginning to the end. Checkups are scheduled every four to six weeks.
STANDARD FIXED ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE
Checkups are scheduled every 4 weeks, since rubber bands need to be changed. Rubber bands are available in all colours.
AESTHETIC FIXED ORTHODONTIC APPLIANCE
The appliance is less visible; checkups are scheduled every 4 weeks since rubber bands need to be changed.
DAMON CLEAR – SELF-LIGATING AESTHETIC FIXED APPLIANCE
The appliance is less visible, checkups are rarer (every 8 weeks), and there are no rubber bands.
INCOGNITO LINGUAL FIXED APPLIANCES
The appliance enables rarer checkups and is completely inconspicuous.
If you want to have a perfect alignment, without wearing standard braces, there is a solution now. Teeth may be straightened by aligners. Aligners are transparent foils for gradual teeth straightening.
If you opt for teeth aligners, after designing your smile and making a treatment plan, the next step is making a set of transparent foils (aligners), aimed at gradual teeth straightening. While wearing aligners, the patient feels mild pressure on the teeth, as a result of which they are repositioned.
For aligners to be efficient, you need to wear them 22 hours a day. Each set of aligners is worn 7-14 days, after which the next set is worn. In time, your teeth will be repositioned according to the treatment plan. The number of aligners needed to straighten the teeth varies and is planned individually for each patient. Aligners have different advantages: they are almost invisible and can be removed. Just like with brackets, upon finishing the treatment, the patient needs to wear retention foils in order to maintain the results achieved.
We need to point out that aligners are not the right solution to every orthodontic problem and that in some situations it will be necessary to place brackets. Wearing aligners could include placing tooth coloured attachments on the teeth, to be removed after the treatment. The purpose of attachments is to ensure the efficiency of particular teeth movements.