…is a branch of dentistry which corrects the position and distribution of teeth and the relationship of the upper and lower jaw.
The goal of orthodontics is not just aesthetics. It should be noted that, except for beautiful appearance, a proper tooth distribution is also important for the health of the entire chewing system, muscles, and the jaw joint.
The distribution of teeth of the upper and lower jaw must be aligned with the chewing muscles and the jaw joint. That is the only guarantee for a stable and long-lasting result. Today, orthodontic shifting is increasingly used as a preparation for fixed prosthetic restorations (such as implants, dental bridges, crowns…).
Nowadays, orthodontic therapy is not a luxury, it is a necessity which must not be neglected. Positive results of orthodontic therapy are permanent.
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Removable orthodontic appliances
There are no better and worse appliances: the choice of appliance depends on the indication. Removable appliances, which were once used by most children and adults, are now increasingly replaced by fixed appliances. Removable appliance therapy is restricted to a short period of intense growth and development during puberty. The so-called plates (upper and lower removable appliance) were sometimes used as the main therapeutic agent in adult patients.
Fixed appliance therapy
Invisalign splint orthodontic therapy
The advantage of this kind of brackets is reduced friction at the beginning of the therapy, which creates a milder force. This makes the systems more comfortable for the patient, correcting teeth is faster, therapy is shorter, and hygiene of brackets is easier.
After wearing a fixed appliance, patients are obligated to wear retention devices. The purpose of retention is to keep the teeth in the obtained position until the growth, the build-up of supporting tissues, and the maturation of the bone are completed. This is the most important part of the overall therapy. The tissue takes a while to adapt to the new situation. After that, the teeth get the necessary stability. A certain number of patients require long-term, i.e. lifelong fixed retention.
Mobile Retention with Essix retainers