There are various reasons for going to an orthodontist. You go to an orthodontist when the teeth are far forward or crooked, there is too little or too much space in the teeth or when your teeth do not fit together properly and you cannot chew optimally. Especially the aesthetics of regular teeth and a beautiful smile ensure that many find their way to the orthodontist.
No more problems with crooked teeth and molars.
No longer suffer from incorrect stress on the jaw muscles.
No longer suffer from a wrong position of the jaws.
The costs for dental treatment are determined each year by the Dutch Healthcare Authority (NZa). However, that does not mean that you pay the same rates everywhere. The costs per treatment can also differ. Consult the table below for an overview of the rates.
Dental treatment for orthodontics
One of the invisible braces. An AirSmile brace is a transparent cover that we place over your teeth. You will receive a new AirSmile braces twice a month, because the position of your teeth is constantly changing. The Airsmile is also suitable for nighttime teeth grinding.
The Invisalign is a different kind of invisible brace. This variant is suitable for children and adults. You will regularly receive a new aligner to support the changes in your teeth. The Invisalign is also suitable for multiple dental problems.
The most famous of the brackets: the clasp shackle. The dentist for orthodontics sticks a so-called lock on each tooth and selects and places a thread in it. At the molars we pull this wire taut, so that we can change the position of your teeth.
Do you suffer from an overbite or is there not enough space in the back of your mouth? With an outboard bracket we inhibit the growth of the upper jaw and provide more space. With an outboard bracket you wear a hat.
When to the ortho?
Below are some situations where it is wise to schedule an appointment with a dentist for orthodontics:
Your upper front teeth protrude and this causes complaints. These teeth are more likely to be damaged.
Your lower and upper jaw do not fit together properly, which can lead to the wrong bite.
Your teeth don’t fit together properly, putting the wrong strain on your jaw muscles.
With orthodontics we can adjust the position of your teeth so that you:
No longer suffer from an overbite.Orthodontics is a part of dentistry that focuses on the examination and treatment of problems with the jaw and dental position. Many patients have a combination of an incorrect position of the jaw and teeth. These problems are treated by the use of orthodontic appliances (braces).
Orthodontic treatment can, by straightening teeth, reduce the risk of caries and gum disease and improve chewing function. The word orthodontist comes from two ancient Greek words. Orthos, which means “straight” and Odontos, which means “tooth”.
To become an orthodontist, you have to follow a 4-year full-time specialist course in Dento Maxillary Orthopedics after your (now) 6-year study in dentistry. As a result, orthodontists have the most knowledge and skills for correcting abnormalities in the position of teeth and molars and growth abnormalities of the jaws. This is in contrast to dentists who have only followed orthodontic training.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry dealing with the treatment of malocclusion, maxillofacial defects and the correction of dental defects.
Orthodontic treatment consists in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of all dental and occlusal defects. The braces can be worn from the age of 8, and there is no upper age limit. There are different types of orthodontic appliances, which can be broadly divided into removable and fixed appliances. Orthodontic appliances from the first group bring results a little slower, the second ones a bit faster, but both lead to straight teeth.
Patients are afraid of the pain associated with orthodontic treatment and find it long and monotonous to wait for the results. Modern treatment methods used with the use of innovative solutions allow you to quickly achieve the desired effect, reducing pain to a minimum.
The treatment we were to undertake together was to shift the teeth to the right again and restore the area after the four removed. Usually, this is done with the help of additional devices placed on the palate, which are designed to widen the arches and distalize the lateral teeth in this patient’s right. However, the patient was not willing to wear them. So we decided to try to correct the asymmetry with the self-ligating fixed apparatus in the Damon system with the support of carrying the lifts.
It is a modern type of fixed appliance, the brackets of which have a unique structure and allow to act on the patient’s teeth in a faster and more comfortable way than in the case of a traditional ligated appliance. With its help, I expanded my patient’s upper dental arch, and I also created a place for the missing tooth. As a result, the centerline of the upper arch was reconstructed, i.e. all the teeth moved to where they should be. The symmetry of the arch has also been restored, and an implant will be inserted into the resulting gap. It was also possible to widen the jaw and get out of a cross bite on the right side. The therapy is still ongoing because the patient’s teeth are still deflected.
The second treatment course that could be considered is to remove the right top four. Then also the centerline would be recreated and the arch symmetry restored. Such treatment would even be simpler to perform. It would also be easier to fight tooth deflection. On the other hand, the patient would lose another healthy tooth, which is certainly not beneficial. There was also the question of whether the bottom two fours would not need to be removed then as well. Both arches would thus become significantly narrower. Together with the patient, we gave up on additional extractions – the patient did not consent to her.
Of course, the patient is aware that despite the treatment, the teeth may remain slightly raised. This was clearly stated to her at the very beginning, before we moved on to putting on the camera. In adulthood, orthodontic treatment with the use of braces alone has limited possibilities of obtaining effects, due to the insight into the completed stage of growth and the difficult possibility of modeling the bones of the maxilla and mandible. Therefore, such defects are best treated in childhood, possibly in adolescence – then rather without carrying out asymmetric extractions. If the patient came to me at the age of 15, we would most likely recreate the space for a crowded three by extending and distalizing, that is, shifting the lateral left teeth backwards, which would be the most optimal.
Of course, tooth extraction is sometimes unavoidable, for example, it should be considered in very crowded conditions, especially if we consider treatment in the period after the end of growth. The teeth set in such a way can also be set evenly in the full set, but it can be achieved at the cost of their large deflection and unfavorable changes in facial features. Then treatment with tooth extraction can be considered.
The non-sectional treatment that we have carried out is also somewhat of a compromise, but the effect we managed to achieve is still good and more natural and aesthetic than if we were to remove the next fours. It satisfies the patient and it coincides with the goal we have set in the treatment plan