What is an orthodontic treatment?

Orthodontic treatment – treatment of teeth position abnormalities, malocclusion as well as preventive treatment of maxillofacial pathology.

Orthodontic treatment does not only straighten the teeth and upgrades aesthetics of the smile but also improves overall teeth health and condition. Risk of caries decreases noticeably since it is much easier to maintain clean teeth when they are in the correct position.

  • Lower chance of gum inflammation (gingivitis)
  • Teeth wear less when they are in the correct position.
  • Chewing forces distribute equally when all teeth are in the correct position. That causes lower absorption of bone tissue.
  • Lower chance of gum recession (uncovering of tooth cervical part)

Orthodontic treatment can be performed in a very wide range of age, but the purpose of treatment, methods of treatment, the risk of complications and final results may be different.

You may find interesting that origins of orthodontic treatment are dated back to 1000 BC.

At our clinic correction of teeth position abnormalities and malocclusion we perform in following ways:

Prophylactic apparatuses

  • Apparatuses that hold space (for when early primary teeth loss is present)
  • Apparatuses that helps to lose bad habits (tongue extraction, sucking of thumb)
  • External expansion apparatuses
  • Removable orthodontic apparatuses
  • Other various construction removable orthodontic appliances
  • Functional apparatuses

Fixed orthodontic apparatuses

  • Braces systems  (also for adults)
  • Distalizing fixed apparatuses (a.k.a. – Frog)

Complex treatment

  • Complex orthodontic treatment and orthognathic surgery operations are provided for patients with complicated malocclusion cases

What are main goals of orthodontic treatment and how is it provided?

  • During orthodontic treatment, teeth are straightened and malocclusions treated using orthodontic appliances (braces, removable orthodontic appliances). During the treatment space for dental implants is created, also teeth straightening eases prosthetic treatment in some cases.

What is the proper patient age for orthodontic treatment?

  • Treatment can be provided for kids as well as adults.

What is the proper age to have the first consultation with the orthodontist?

  • It Is recommended to have the first appointment at the age of  7 – 8 years
  • If frontal cross-bite is present – at the age of 6

What determines the duration of orthodontic treatment?

  • The duration of orthodontic treatment is determined based on the complexity of patient‘s individual case, the age of the patient, method of treatment and patients request.

What is the average duration of treatment?

  • The average duration of orthodontic treatment using braces is 1,5 to 2,5 years

How often are the appointments scheduled during orthodontic treatment?

  • Treatment using orthodontic braces – every 4 to 8 weeks
  • Treatment using removable orthodontic appliances – every 4 to 12 weeks
  • Treatment using Invisalign mouth guards – every 4-12 weeks