Conventional orthodontics is the most used and known type of orthodontics. The treatment consists of placing metallic brackets on the teeth, joined by ligatures and a wire arch that exerts pressure in order to correct the position of the teeth. The approximate duration of treatment is about 18 months, however, the treatment time depends on the diagnosis of each patient.
Metal brackets have been a treatment commonly associated with children and young people, however patients of all ages use this treatment to improve their smile, as it is an effective treatment for correcting dental alignment and bite.
common bite problems
When a person's teeth or jaws don't fit together properly, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the problem. If left untreated, these orthodontic problems, often called malocclusions, can cause speech difficulties, premature wear of teeth and protective enamel, and even increase the chance of injury to teeth and jaw joints.
Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery
Not all changes in the bite are due to the position of the teeth, sometimes there can be changes in the position of the jaw and bite bones. In these cases, orthodontic treatment must be carefully planned in conjunction with surgery to correct the position of the bones. This treatment plan guarantees the best possible results, namely in facial aesthetics and dental occlusion.
Dr. Glória Silva is an orthodontist with extensive experience in complex orthodontic cases. She was, for many years, an orthodontist linked to a craniofacial deformity service. She specializes in orthodontic techniques such as Bioprogressive Ricketts, Roth, MEAW, MBT, Lingual Orthodontics, Damon, among others. She has served as an undergraduate and graduate university professor in the areas of dental occlusion, orthodontics, craniofacial growth, and facial deformities.
Conventional Orthodontics - Foods to Avoid
While wearing braces, you should avoid eating hard, sticky and high-sugar foods. Hard foods can break or damage the wires and brackets, and sticky foods can get stuck between the wires and brackets. Minimize the amount of sugary foods you eat – sugar can cause cavities and other related problems.
The patient is advised to rethink his “bad habits”, such as biting nails, chewing pencils and/or pens and chewing foreign objects. All these activities can break or damage the devices.
It is important to regularly check the clamps for kinked or loose wires and brackets. If you have a loose/broken wire or bracket, you are advised to contact the clinic immediately.
Orthodontics frequently asked questions
Orthodontists are specialists who diagnose and treat problems with the position, alignment or spacing of teeth and irregularities related to the face and jaw. In the most complex cases,Various special treatments, including braces and other oral appliances, are used to correct these problems.
There are two good reasons: aesthetics and functionality. Having an attractive smile not only changes the way people see you, it also improves your self-esteem. Orthodontic treatment also allows your teeth to work better and makes it easier to keep them clean, which can improve your overall health.
There are no problems with starting orthodontics at any age. However, it is recommended to do it as soon as possible, as the treatment can be simpler and its success achieved more quickly. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that a child who needs orthodontic treatment have their first appointment at around age 7.
Teeth protruding, crowded or out of position are clear indications that treatment is necessary.. Less obvious signs are when breathing is through the mouth, frequent biting of the cheek or palate, speech difficulties and the fact that thumb sucking beyond 3-4 years of age . If the teeth are not properly aligned when the mouth is closed, or if the jaws make noises or shift as they move, this could also indicate an orthodontic problem.
Putting on braces is usually painless. There are cases in which, after installation, they feel some discomfort in the first few days, as they adapt to using the device. Sometimes, some Periodic adjustments can also cause pain, although it usually only lasts for a short time. In such cases, it is possible to use theover-the-counter pain relievers (always with medical advice) to relieve any discomfort, which is usually unnecessary.
The duration of treatment varies from person to person, depending on the complexity of the case, but generally the active stage of treatment (ie wearing braces or other appliances) can take anywhere from 6 to 30 months. Subsequently, a containment will be used.
Depending on the treatment being given, the frequency of visits may vary. During active treatment, it is usually necessary to visit the clinic every 4 to 10 weeks.
If the teeth are too crowded (because the mouth is too small to accommodate them) or if they are impacted (teeth that are trapped below the gum line by other teeth), then extraction may be necessary. For younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.
Yes! Of course, whether you wear braces or not, we recommend that you wear a mouthguard when playing most sports. Musicians are generally able to play instruments in the same way as before, as are singing singers, but may need a short adjustment period after using the instrument.
Orthodontic care is a long-term investment in your health and well-being. Compared to the cost of treating problem teeth, orthodontic treatment can be a smart investment.
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