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On this page you will find out why you need dental braces, what types are available and how the braces work.
But first: You too decide how successful your treatment is. First, the best braces won't help without regular wear. Second, cleanliness and hygiene are important. And third, you will have regular appointments here in the practice. But it's worth it, I promise: Your teeth will be great! And you will also get healthier, because incorrectly positioned teeth can damage the whole body.
If you want to have beautiful, healthy teeth without wires and brackets, we recommend transparent splints (Invisalign® Aligners or aligners from our own production).
Why a treatment?
Orthodontics is that Correcting the teeth and also the jawso that biting works properly and cleaning becomes easier. Nice side effect: Your smile looks a lot better too!
Perhaps you are now saying: “I can bite well!” Of course, you can also bite hard with crooked teeth. But in the long run problems such as cracking or pain in the jaw joint arise. Sometimes the teeth don't come together at all. Then the food is not grinded properly and digestion can worsen. Individual teeth are lost more quickly because they are incorrectly chewed or cannot be brushed well.
If the lips cannot be closed properly, breathing occurs through the mouth. The consequences are speech disorders and you get sick more often (colds and throat diseases).
Only teeth that are correctly aligned prevent Overloading of teeth, TMJ diseases, speech defects and other problems.
Step by step
From the first visit to the end of the successful treatment: Here you can find out everything about the process.
During your first visit, we will take a very close look at your teeth and jaw. This way we can tell if you need a bracket. We also look at how well you brush your teeth and can explain how to brush your teeth properly on a model.
The start date
If you need a bracket, we will prepare the documents for your treatment plan:
- 1. Photos - completely normal with a photo camera
- 2. X-rays - two pieces; Of your bones and your teeth in the bone
- 3. Impressions - we need these to be able to produce your teeth as a plaster model. It is planned and your bracket is also built.
Now it will be discussed which misalignment your teeth are and how they should be treated. You will find out which brackets you get first and which follow after. Of course you can ask all your questions, we will be happy to answer you.
Start of treatment
On this date you will either receive your loose brace or the preparation for a fixed brace will begin. The fixed clamp does not come into the mouth until the second appointment at the earliest, and usually not until the fourth appointment. All the important things that you should and want to know are explained to you.
Now let's start moving your teeth and aligning your jaws with each other. You will get appointments more often to readjust and also to check your teeth. Please try to keep these appointments regularly so that your treatment works quickly and well.
When you have managed, through good cooperation and with our help, that your teeth are aligned as desired, we will stop moving and only keep the result. You will get a loose bracket for this. We strongly recommend that you also glue an invisible wire behind your front teeth.
End of treatment
When the year with this last loose bracket is over, we will officially end your treatment. However, we recommend that you wear the loose clip at regular intervals (e.g. at night) so that nothing can go wrong!
How does it actually work?
There are several technical possibilities for brackets. Here you can find the most important details.
There are "Active panels"that sit individually in the upper jaw and lower jaw. The plates are made of plastic and wire and are manufactured in our dental laboratory.
They are built to cling to your teeth - hence the name - and can be inserted and removed by yourself. It can easily adjust your teeth, reduce or enlarge gaps and much more. Speaking to these records is not difficult with a little practice.
The second possible bracket is the "Activator". It consists of a bracket for the top and bottom, so it is a larger bracket block. It clings to the upper teeth, holds there and the lower jaw is free to move. This clamp can only work if the lower jaw bites into the clamp properly.
It's a strange feeling at the beginning, but you get used to it very quickly and use it to train your masticatory muscles. This changes your biting in such a way that the entire lower jaw is displaced. Your speech is even funnier with this bracket than with the other brackets, but again with practice you will be easy to understand.
Basically, in order for these brackets to do a good job, you have to wear them a lot! It's difficult in school, but if you learn to speak well, no teacher will say anything against it. The best time to wear them is at night, as you are sleeping and you won't notice the clamp.
If the clip is not in your mouth, you should put it in a clip box - otherwise it will break or go away faster than you think!
If you have problems with the bracket - pain, something is broken - please contact the practice, they will help you! Here you will find again information on loose brackets.
Fixed bracket (multibracket)
As the name suggests: this bracket sits tight in your mouth. It consists of small metal clips, the so-called brackets, which are glued to the individual teeth with a special adhesive. There are metal rings called tapes around your molars that are held in place with special cement.
An archwire is then inserted into a slot on these brackets and runs over all the teeth. By attaching your teeth to this arch, the teeth can move in the desired direction. The archwire is sometimes replaced and each new archwire has its own specific task.
Since the teeth are supposed to move, you will have pressure on your teeth at the beginning - but without pressure you will not move your desk after all! The pressure on the teeth decreases significantly in the first few days.
With the fixed clamp, cleaning is more difficult, but also much more important than before. That's why you should brush your teeth after every meal and check yourself carefully to see if nothing is hidden behind the wire. We'll explain everything to you beforehand and give you all the tips and tricks so that you are prepared.
Even with the fixed braces there are things that you have to take in and out yourself, namely the elastic bands or the face bow. Your cooperation also influences the duration of the treatment and the success! If you have any problems, please contact the practice so that you can be helped quickly.
You can also find information on fixed brackets and elastic bands in the dictionary.
Aligners are transparent splints with which we can eliminate certain misalignments. If possible, you should only remove your aligner when you are eating, so that the teeth can be quickly moved to the desired location. The advantages the aligners for you are obvious:
- they are almost invisible
- they are removable
- they allow easy oral hygiene
- there is no decalcification
- they don't chafe
- they quickly lead to improvements
For more extensive aligner treatments, we use the Invisalign® method.
Stabilization of results
The time for active teeth movement is over. Your fixed braces have been removed - now it begins stabilization of your success. You get one for that loose braces (Retention plate) for the upper and lower jaw. Why do you need them?
By moving the teeth, they usually sit a little looser in the jaw and thus adjust themselves more quickly, usually for the worse. The bracket ensures that the teeth do not get crooked again, but rather in the correct position stop.
In addition, we recommend gluing a small wire behind the front teeth that cannot be seen from the outside. This wire will "Retainer" called. It ensures that the incisors in particular cannot rotate again or that gaps arise there. This will ensure your beautiful smile. This retainer should always stay in your mouth as long as it doesn't bother you.
Proper oral hygiene is essential
We'll show you how to brush your teeth properly so that you can enjoy your great smile for a long time.
Learn to clean properly
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