Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Invisible or lingual orthodontics in Barcelona
Aligned teeth produce better function, are easier to clean and therefore easier to maintain in the long term.
Children, adolescents, teens, young adults, middle-aged adults, men and women, and older adults - all are benefiting from the simplicity that characterises orthodontics today.
There are multiple orthodontic solutions and methods for every lifestyle and budget. The cost and duration of orthodontic treatment varies according to the complexity of the case and the technique used.
Specialists in orthodontic treatments in Barcelona
Orthodontists are qualified dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to additional full-time education in an accredited orthodontic residency program supervised by orthodontists. That training lasts at least two academic years—sometimes three or more. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely trained experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws.
Orthodontists diagnose, prevent and treat dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists treat a wide variety of malocclusions (improperly aligned teeth and/or jaws). Today, gifted orthodontists shape dazzling smiles while creating optimal form and function.
Do any of these symptoms sounds familiar to you?
Early Warning Signs Indicating it is Time for an Orthodontic Exam:
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the discipline of dentistry that studies dental movement. Orthodontic treatment is that which corrects dental bad position. Orthodontics is responsible for building beautiful smiles by bringing teeth, lips and jaw bones into harmony.
More and more people are becoming aware of the importance of having teeth in perfect condition. The fact that the teeth are correctly aligned will not only have repercussions from an aesthetic point of view but will also have importance in the functional and articular aspects.
As we explained before, at a growing age it is very easy to interact with the alignment of the teeth as well as the jaw and maxilla. Even so, and thanks to new techniques and existing materials, the orthodontist is able to correct major defects even in adulthood.
Orthodontists can fix most dental problems at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist no later than 7 years old.
Orthodontic treatment is appropriate for both children and adults. As long as the teeth are healthy, we can correct their position at any age.
However, it is true that some orthodontic pathologies are easier to treat if they are treated at an earlier age, when the jaw and maxilla are still developing. We therefore recommend a visit to the orthodontist at around 7 years old, not necessarily to start treatment, but to plan it.
Aligning your teeth is beneficial for both your health and aesthetics.
If your teeth are crooked or crowded, it is much more difficult to maintain good hygiene. In the future, this can lead to tooth decay, periodontal disease or even tooth loss.
There are certain aspects related to orthodontics that, if left untreated, can lead to: wear or fracture of the tooth surface, poor chewing, gum and bone strain, or malocclusion that can lead to headaches and neck pain.
In addition to the health issues, there is a clear aesthetic benefit to having an attractive smile. Orthodontic treatment can not only improve the appearance of the teeth, but also the lips and face. We should not underestimate the influence of a beautiful smile on our self-confidence and the development of satisfying personal and professional relationships.
Orthodontic treatment can last 12, 18, 24 or 30 months depending on the route the teeth have to take through the alveolar bone, always respecting the biology of each patient. However, slight malpositions may only require a few months. The total time will depend on the severity of the problem, the patient's anatomy and also their cooperation.
Once the treatment has been completed, the use of a retainer is always indicated, either fixed on the inside of the teeth or removable for night use, to prevent the teeth from returning to their initial position.
For a good diagnosis of the case and to be able to plan it over time, we must bear in mind that the orthodontist will have to take photographs, X-rays or study models to be able to communicate the diagnosis to the patient and the best treatment option.
We should be aware that despite all these tests and once the treatment time has been planned, it may vary depending on the patient's cooperation and how the patient responds to the treatment.
Attending the appointments scheduled by the specialist correctly will be another of the factors to take into account if we want the forecasts to be fulfilled. If a scheduled appointment cannot be kept, an attempt should be made to replace it with another as soon as possible.
During orthodontic treatment, forces, pressures and stresses are exerted on the appliances on the teeth so that they can move each tooth into its ideal position in the arch, jaw or mandible.
The dental movement causes an inflammatory process where the bone is reabsorbed and formed to give rise to a new position to the teeth in the jaws. One of the disadvantages of this system is that this tension can cause some pain. For this reason, we would like to give you some advice so that, once the appliance has been fitted or after the adjustment, the discomfort that occurs is as atraumatic as possible.
In any case, it is important to remember that it is not a painful treatment over time, only at specific moments, when it is fitted or when adjustments are made. The results can be ideal if the patient and orthodontist have cooperated 100% with all the indications and dental hygiene. Orthodontics greatly improves physical appearance and self-esteem, giving a harmonious smile, restoring function, and contributing to an improvement in the patient's dental and general health.
- The food you eat on the first day is recommended to be soft, if possible in the form of puree or soup, so that it does not generate a strong impact against the tooth and therefore does not cause pain on ingestion.
- After the first day, we recommend foods that are cooked, preferably boiled, as they are soft, retain all their properties and do not need to be chewed hard.
- Avoid foods that need to be chewed with the front teeth, such as apples or carrots, in order to avoid overexertion and prevent the bracket from falling off.
- Avoid all activities that involve some physical contact, such as contact sports. Minimise the risk of blows to the face.
- A cold element, such as ice, can relieve pain, but do not bite down on the ice cube, it can be painful and dangerous for the appliance.
- If sores appear, a typical problem at the beginning of treatment, avoid acidic foods, such as vinegar or citrus juice, to avoid inflammation.
- There is wax to be placed on top of the bracket and gels that will make your sores heal quickly.
Ask your orthodontist or dentist if you can take an analgesic, they can prescribe the most suitable for your needs.
Orthodontics: We solve your doubts
It is estimated that approximately 45% of the population needs orthodontic treatment. It is very likely that you need this type of treatment. It is advisable to start orthodontic treatment at an early age. Partly because during childhood, it is easier to correct the position of the teeth.
However, there are also alternatives for orthodontic treatment in adulthood. Invisible orthodontics is a good alternative to achieve excellent results in a very short time. If you have any doubts about this type of treatment, write to us!
We recommend avoiding hard foods that can damage dental braces and cause them to become detached. Similarly, we should try to avoid certain habits such as nail biting. Whenever an appliance is damaged, we must visit the orthodontist and the treatment may take longer.
The orthodontist will provide you with a kit containing the instruments you need to care for your braces and hygiene instructions.
Apart from the above care, a patient with braces can lead a completely normal life, not much different from someone without braces. These patients must be even more careful, if possible, with the cleaning of their teeth, as these appliances tend to retain more food and bacteria, so they must be vigilant to avoid the formation of dental plaque. Regular check-ups are very important for the orthodontist to control all these parameters.
In the case of removable braces, care is basically the same as for fixed braces, with the difference that the patient can wash and brush them outside the mouth.
It is never too late. We can correct the position of teeth at any age. We have successfully treated children and adults of all ages. It is always possible to improve anyone’s smile.
But to carry out correct orthodontic treatment it is necessary to start with healthy teeth and gums, free of decay and inflammation.
Undoubtedly, the best age to influence the movement of the teeth and/or jaws is during the growth stage. During this period it is easy to correct possible defects in patients.
Thanks to the evolution of materials and the appearance of new techniques, the orthodontist is also able to treat patients of any age in a precise way without any trauma due to the duration or the mere fact of wearing an appliance.
Nowadays, it is possible to fit materials with a very high aesthetic component, which practically go unnoticed in the patient’s mouth.