Crooked teeth or an irregular bite often go from being just an aesthetic problem to a serious health problem. An irregular bite can cause pain in the jaw and facial muscles, irregular chewing movements, and even root resorption. So with the huge choice of orthodontic treatments that are now available, we recommend consulting with an orthodontist about your options for correcting malpositioned teeth.
Braces, aligners or retainers are usually used for straightening teeth and correcting the bite, but we can also offer other special devices.
Braces can be metal or ceramic, and are perhaps the most popular and really effective method of treatment for even serious occlusion problems. Treatment with braces can take anywhere from six months to several years, depending on the severity of the problem. When you get braces, you need to visit the orthodontist every seven to eight weeks. After getting braces or having them tightened, it is not uncommon for your teeth to become sensitive for the next few days, so you should avoid foods that are difficult to chew.
Rapidly gaining popularity, clear aligners are a new and convenient way to straighten teeth. Our clinic uses aligners from trusted manufacturers such as Invisaligne, Arnivol and Ordoline. The aligners are custom produced after a 3D scan of your teeth. The required set of aligners is made according to the patient’s treatment plan, and are changed every few weeks as the position of the teeth is corrected. Orthodontic aligners are worn for at least 22 hours per day. Aligner treatment usually takes up to several years.
Advantages of aligners over braces:
Better oral hygiene (you can remove the aligners to brush your teeth in the morning and at night),
Eating is easier (you can remove the aligners while eating),
Better appearance during treatment.
Orthodontic retainers are usually used to straighten children’s teeth, usually at a younger age, from 8 to 13 years old, and less often in adolescents. Individually made retainers are a fairly inexpensive and effective way to fix crooked teeth. However, it’s important to understand that straightening teeth with retainers will not be successful without discipline – the retainers should be worn at least 16-20 hours per day.