Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with the improvement of the abnormal position of the teeth. As a result, a beautiful and straight dental arch will be created during orthodontic treatment: the positions of teeth can be changed and dental arch shape and function can be adjusted. Orthodontic treatment can change the overall facial appearance as well as muscular and joint functions. Crowded teeth can be guided into a straight arch. In addition, teeth that have moved due to gum disease (periodontitis) can be repositioned and gaps between the teeth can be closed with the help of orthodontic treatment. Furthermore, orthodontic treatment can improve conditions for further prosthetic treatment if necessary for the patient.
The most recommended age for treatment is the teenage years, after permanent teeth have erupted and movement of teeth can be guided most effectively. However, suitable treatment options can be found for patients from any age group who are concerned about misaligned teeth.
The best results in teeth alignment can be achieved by wearing braces. At Maxilla Hambakliinik, we use several types of braces for teeth alignment: ordinary metal braces, ceramic (i.e. tooth-colored) braces and self-ligating Damon braces. The latter’s self-ligating design allows for less force to be directed onto the teeth and, as a result, the teeth adapt to the level of force faster so the patient needs fewer activation appointments than with usual braces. As the braces come in different shapes, appearances and colors, every patient should be able to find a type of treatment appliance that works for them.
Before the treatment, the orthodontist will conduct a comprehensive examination. Based on the examination, possible treatment plans will be considered and the best possible treatment option will be chosen in cooperation with the patient.
During the average treatment period, which is 1-2.5 years, the patient wears braces to adjust the position of the teeth. After the braces are removed, stabilizing orthodontic treatment, or a retention period, follows and is of great importance to maintaining the achieved results.
Our orthodontists can offer a more precise explanation and further advice!