Dental braces represent the most natural way to solve the problem of irregular arrangement of teeth and irregular bite. Teeth roots can only be moved with dental braces by remodeling the jawbone itself. Movement of teeth roots is not possible with any other method (crowns or veneers), and thus, maximum aesthetic achievements are limited.
It is not possible to widen the jaw, move the roots, lower level of gums nor achieve other positive effects with dental crowns, so a combination of treatments is often required. Dental braces are set first to achieve partial result and then, after removing braces, prosthetics or implant surgery can be done.
However, sometimes dental braces are not the best solution, especially if the patient’s teeth are in a poor condition or if a larger number of teeth is missing. If the patients are elderly, when a heavier and slower tooth movement is expected, patients can use a combination of treatments or can be advised with prosthesis care to save time and save money in the long run.
Dental braces work in a way based on the ability of jawbone to create a bone on one side of the teeth and on the other to make that bone disappear, which is known as “bodily” tooth movement. Teeth movement will be seen within two to three months from the time of setting dental braces, but for the new position of the stabilized root in the jaw it is necessary to wear braces for about a year and a half.
Metal and hatch brackets have the same operating principle with the only difference in aesthetics, while self-ligating brackets have a different mode of action (rubber band is not used to bind ports and brackets because a flap already exists), and therefore the loss of friction and force is smaller. Self-ligating brackets in certain circumstances may accelerate the whole procedure, but a detailed therapeutic plan is adopted after the analysis of orthopan X ray and examination by our orthodontist.
Dental braces represent the most natural way to place your teeth into the correct position. The treatment lasts about 1 – 1.5 years, whereby it is necessary to attend the mandatory check-ups to change arches. These checks are done approximately every month, but can be done in any period, especially for our patients from abroad.
The procedure itself begins with the first dental examination. The patient comes with orthopantogram, that provides a detailed treatment plan that may include removing some teeth, for example fours and sixes. After removing dental braces it is necessary to wear retainers. Mainly, retainers are made from retention transparency foil that is worn at night, and there are wired retainers as well in use. It often happens that patients want to whiten their teeth after removing the braces – retainer can be used for whitening teeth as well.
If you need a dental crown or a veneer after braces are off, our advice is to start with the implantation a few months after wearing the retainer.
Instead of rubber bands, self-ligating brackets have special locks that are used for connection between the arch and brackets, thereby reducing friction and shortening the therapy process. Self-ligating brackets, in certain circumstances, may speed up the process, but the decision is entirely up to your orthodontist and depends on each separate case.