Introduction to orthodontic treatment
An orthodontic treatment with braces involves using visible or invisible braces to improve the appearance and function of teeth. Orthodontics is performed by both functional and aesthetic reasons. A distinction is therefore between aesthetic orthodontics and functional orthodontics.
Nowadays, orthodontic treatment is in most cases a relatively simple treatment that is performed on both children and adults and achieves very good results. The traditional metal ‘train track’ brace is now in competition with other more modern techniques, with a focus on a more aesthetic and easier form of treatment.
Who is suitable for orthodontic treatment with braces?
A few years ago orthodontic treatment was performed almost exclusively on youths and teenagers. Today, patients of all ages can be treated and there is no upper age limit.
Our perspective of the teeth has changed. From just being there to help us chew food, they are now also a part of our idea of a presentable and acceptable appearance.
Teeth straightening is thus for those who need to straighten and correct crooked teeth, underbite, overbite, crossbite, openbite, and gapped teeth in order to achieve a more beautiful smile.
Many patients have previously chosen not to undergo teeth straightening due to how the appearance is affected during treatment. However, with today’s techniques and materials it is no longer a problem.
Who cannot undergo an orthodontic treatment?
In some conditions, such as inflamed gums, active periodontal disease, dental caries (holes), too many crowns, teeth that lack enamel, jaw or face pain or generally neglected teeth are not suitable for teeth straightening. The situation in such cases will first be investigated and addressed.
Changes in the position of the teeth are achieved by applying continuous pressure, which over time will move teeth into their proper positions.
The advantage of today’s modern techniques is that teeth straightening can be achieved with shorter treatment time, less discomfort and without one’s appearance being affected during the treatment.
Exactly what type of teeth braces are used for each individual case depends on the extent of the adjustments that are needed in combination with the patient’s own desires.