Alternative common braces
The first thing you think when we mention a treatment to correct denture problems is the classic metal brackets. But different types of orthodontics and alternatives have been developed that are more aesthetic, just as efficient and can be adapted to your needs.
These aesthetic orthodontic treatments fulfill the same function as the traditional ones, helping the dental pieces to reach their corresponding position.
Some of the most popular alternatives to metal appliances are:
- Sapphire brackets: They are known as invisible brackets. And despite being an expensive option with respect to others, it is one of the favorite alternatives of people for its durability and functionality.
- Ceramic brackets: They are very durable, effective and cheaper than sapphire.
- Invisalign: This treatment is known as invisible orthodontics and is used by people who take great care of the aesthetics.
Everything you need to know about invisalign treatment
The invisalign orthodontic treatment focuses on positioning the teeth in their respective place, but being practically imperceptible to the people around you.
This consists in the use of almost invisible aligners. They have a kind of cover that is located in the upper and lower dental arch. They are made to measure. So, it is very easy to keep track of the movement of teeth.
Between every 7 and 10 days they must be replaced by new and different ones from the previous pair. In this way the teeth will gradually adjust to the corresponding shape without anyone noticing.
Phases of treatment
First visit to the orthodontist
On the first appointment with the orthodontist, he should evaluate your expectations and objectives regarding your smile. You should also have a series of tests that will be analyzed. And that will allow the expert to obtain a comprehensive and personalized diagnosis for your case.
Once you have done a small cleaning and routine check, you should proceed to take the impressions of your mouth through an intraoral scanner.
This will generate a 3D model of your teeth and the movements that your teeth must make to get the perfect smile. Thanks to this, you can have the splints custom made for your mouth.
Start of treatment
Alignment splints take between 8 and 10 days to be made and reach their destination. Once they are delivered you should start using them.
You must have them on for at least 22 hours a day. You can remove them just to eat and brush your teeth. They are generally composite reliefs but can also be made of metal. These adhere to the corresponding dental piece. They define them as a friction retainer.
Its main function is to help the aligners to make the movements that by themselves they could not. These do not have to remain in the tooth all the time during the treatment and are removed when they have fulfilled their function successfully.
Approximately every 10 days, the splint must be replaced by a new one.
Refinements are splints that are used when you have finished the treatment, but your specialist believes that the results can be further improved. Depending on the type of invisalign treatment you can choose the number of refinements:
- Invisalign lite: This is recommended for cases where the corrections to be made are minor. Usually a refinement is performed.
- Invisalign full: Applies to patients with more serious dental alignment problems or bite problems. There is no specific number of refinements, this is left by the specialist.
End of treatment and retention phase
Once you have completely finished the treatment you must go to the retention phase. This is indispensable, since the teeth tend to return to their initial position.