What do you need to know about orthodontic treatment in adults?

Would you like to have a perfect smile? Then, you need to know that the orthodontic appliance can correct dental abnormalities  (rotated teeth, tilted teeth), large interdental spaces, abnormal occlusal relationships. Crowded teeth are difficult to clean leading to caries and periodontal disease.

Fixed orthodontic appliances use small brackets that are placed on the frontal or lingual surface of the tooth, made of metal or ceramic. The brackets are cemented on the tooth surface with an adhesive material. The orthodontic springs are placed inside the brackets and are made of a thermoactive titanium-nickel alloy which can be heated by the oral temperature. This will allow consistent application of pressure on the teeth and the adjustment of the wire springs in the orthodontist’s office.

The orthodontist will recommend which types of foods should be avoided due to their potential to loose the brackets or to damage the wires. Hard foods such as nuts, popcorn, candy and chewing gum should be avoided while wearing the dental appliance.

The persons wearing brackets should have a balanced diet and limit the consumption of sugar and sticky foods between main meals.

The orthodontist will adapt and adjust the device every 4-6 weeks until the desired results are achieved.

After removing of the fixed orthodontic appliance, the patient receive a retainer on the internal surface of the teeth in order to maintain the obtained results

A new alternative to orthodontic appliances is the Invisalign system, which uses transparent removable devices to wear during the day and night to help to move the teeth in the correct alignment. This can be removed when eating, brushing or using dental floss.

The advantages of wearing of orthodontic appliance are a healthy oral cavity with high aesthetics and an increased self-confidence.

Dr. Andrei Iacob

Orthodontist, Smilemed Clinic

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