Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth.
Despite common belief, orthodontics can be applied at any age provided that the patient has healthy bone and surrounding tissue.
The classic orthodontic treatment – Dental braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. Braces also fix gaps. They are often used to correct bites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
Especially in adults, patients may have doubts about the braces’ outlook and their possible effect on their social lives. While lots of adults wear braces these days, transparent braces and white braces are valid options to minimize the social concerns.
In this treatment, brackets are bonded onto the rear surfaces of the teeth, making the braces totally invisible. While this is an ideal solution for adult patients with social concerns, this method may require preceding lab work and clinic procedures for the rear teeth surfaces, which are often more irregularly than the front.
Lingual orthodontics may be applied to adults and teens that have completed their physical development. This treatment cannot be applied to patients under 13.
Invisalign (Bracket-free Orthodontics)
Invisalign is the final frontier of digital technology in Orthodontics. This is the perfect solution for patient who want the orthodontic treatment, but not the brackets.
Instead of brackets, a series of transparent plates are custom-made for the patient. These plates are altered every 2-3 weeks, following the progress of the treatment and teeth’s new position.
Keep in mind that this procedure is successful in mild to medium corrections. An examination is required to assess if the patient is suitable for this treatment.