What are braces?
Braces are devices used in orthodontist in order to align and straighten teeth, while contributing to the positioning regarding to a patient’s bite, while also contributing to overall aesthetics and health. Brackets can be metal (grey), ceramic (white) or sapphire (white).
Ceramic and sapphire offer a better aesthetic value, since it is harder to see due to the similarities in the colour. Brackets are connected by a wire that activates them. During the entirety of the treatment, several wires will be changed.
How ofter should a patient visit their orthodontist?
The optimal frequency is once a month, since it is necessary to monitor and evaluate the efficiency and results.
How long does the treatment last?
Approximately a year and a half to three years, according to the specific case.
Once done, what is next?
In order to maintain results, metal retainers are applied to the invisible surface of the tooth, which needs to be permanently there. The patient will not feel discomfort or pain. An alternative is an invisible aligner that is used every night, while sleeping, that can help maintain the results of the orthodontic treatment.