HOW DO YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE?
However, nowadays it is very difficult for patients to tell the difference between a bracket dentist and an orthodontist. Orthodontist is a protected title. This means that you may only call yourself an orthodontist if you have completed the four-year specialization as an orthodontist and have subsequently registered in the specialist register. Bracket dentists often call themselves: bracket dentist, ortho specialist, orthodontic specialist, orthodontic specialist. These names make it very difficult for patients to find out whether they are an orthodontist or a bracket dentist.
What are the benefits of orthodontics?
- The reason for starting a brace treatment can be aesthetic or functional.
- Often it is not so black and white, but the reason for treatment is a bit of both.
- better functioning of your chewing function,
- promoting your oral hygiene,
- better distribution of chewing force (resulting in less wear of the teeth),
- improving the position of teeth and molars before the dentist makes corrections to the teeth (for example in preparation before placing crowns, bridges or implants),
- Prevent or resolve gum trauma when the teeth overlap very far when biting close (deep bite),
- solve limited freedom of movement of the lower jaw.
- Aesthetic: creating a beautiful smile and enhancing your self-esteem.
- It is true that not every abnormality requires treatment. In adulthood, however, overbite correction with the help of growth is no longer possible, and insurance often no longer pays after 18 years. This does not matter if there is no treatment, but it does if it is delayed. We are happy to inform you about this during the first consultation.Does it hurt?
- Placing a brace does not hurt. Once the brace is worn, it does take time to get used to it. During the first days, teeth and molars can be sensitive while eating. Furthermore, especially in the beginning, the braces can cause irritation spots on the cheeks and lips, which generally disappear by themselves: the inside of the mouth adapts to the orthodontic appliances. If necessary, wax can be used to soften this somewhat. If the braces are adjusted, the teeth may feel more sensitive or different again. Braces don’t hurt, sometimes it’s just a bit difficult.an I function and / or exercise normally?
Yes, with a fixed bracket you can function normally and play sports.
It is recommended not to wear removable braces during sports.
Removable braces can affect speech; the extent to which this happens depends on the type of braces and the intensity with which they are worn (in general: the more / better worn, the better the speech).Can it affect the use of musical instruments?
No, but there is an adaptation period of approximately 2-3 weeks. Exception: wind instruments that are played exceptionally intensively (2 to 3 hours a day) and where the mouthpiece rests against the teeth can have an effect. Discuss this with the orthodontist.
How long does orthodontic treatment take?
In any case, shorter than before. Because we use new techniques in our practice and pay a lot of attention to efficiency in the treatment, the treatment time is considerably shortened, without making concessions to the result or stability: many treatments last less than 1 year to 2 years. Read more about the technology we use.(In general, it can be said that an orthodontic treatment of 2 to 2.5 years can be seen as normal; if it takes less than 2 years, this is considered a quickly expired treatment; a treatment that lasts longer than 3 years is almost never before.) It is never possible to estimate exactly how long a treatment will take. It depends very much on the severity of the problem, the time of the start of the treatment, the possible growth, the adaptability, but also the perseverance and cooperation of the patient influence the duration of the treatment. Other factors such as the biological response of the teeth, jaws and mouth muscles are also sometimes difficult to estimate.