Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with the prevention and treatment of occlusal and maxillo-facial defects in children, adolescents and adults.
Abnormal alignment of teeth can already be noticed when the first permanent teeth appear, i.e. at the age of 6-8 years. It is the best moment to schedule an orthodontic check-up as it may help us avoid caries and speech impediments in our children. The best time to begin orthodontic treatment with permanent braces is the growth phase, namely the age of 12 years. Such timing will guarantee quick, effective and long-lasting results and effects of the treatment. It is becoming increasingly common for adults to discover the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Apparently, age is not a barrier to commencing orthodontic treatment and enjoying a beautiful smile.
Denta Care offers a wide range of treatment options tailored to the individual needs of each patient.
One of them is the self-ligating system which does not employ elastic “rubber” ligatures. The arches are supported by means of special flaps fitted into the brackets. This helps to minimise friction which is a common side effect in the traditional method where it is generated by the teeth shifting along the arch of the permanent appliance. As a result, this treatment method allows for generating lower forces and, consequently, guarantees a significant reduction in pain symptoms and discomfort which usually accompany orthodontic treatment. Moreover, this method makes it possible to maintain and is conducive to ideal oral hygiene, where the build-up of dental plaque (which is known to cause caries and gingivitis) is reduced by 40% compared with traditional orthodontic methods using elastic ligatures. The aesthetic aspect is not without significance either. The brackets of self-ligating braces are smaller in size and hence less visible in the patient’s mouth.
What is the course of an orthodontic appointment?
During the first appointment, the dental practitioner takes the impressions of the patient’s mouth, which are then transferred to a prosthetist who prepares gypsum moulds of the maxilla and mandible. The dental professional also takes colour scans of the teeth and face. They are needed to determine a treatment plan and, at the same time, they constitute a pleasant surprise when the patient is shown a picture from before the treatment once the orthodontic appliance has been removed. Before the next appointment, the dental practitioner makes an insightful analysis of the photographs, models and X-ray, panoramic and cephalometric scans. They are used to prepare a treatment plan and make a decision on any potential extractions.
The treatment plan is presented at the next meeting and, when accepted by the patient, the process of separation begins. It is performed by means of tiny elastic rubbers which, if placed between the teeth, find a little space necessary for applying the rings.
The next appointment is held after 5-7 days and it involves the application of a metal, transparent or lingual appliance (no rings are used for lingual braces). This appointment lasts from 1 to 2 hours.
The subsequent appointments are scheduled at intervals of 4-6 weeks. Extending the time between the appointments without consulting your attending dental professional results in the extension of the overall treatment time. This time depends on the type of orthodontic defect and is, on average, 2 years.
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In 2011 she graduated with honours from the Poznań University of Medical Sciences. After completing 4-year training in orthodontics, she passed state exams and received her orthodontist title.
During many years of orthodontic practice, she constantly gains new qualifications by participating in numerous trainings, courses and conferences on orthodontics. Author of scientific publications on the subject of orthodontics.
At the clinic she provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment to both adolescent and adult patients, utilising state-of-the-art fixed, removable, and lingual (incognito) braces.