Diagnostics, planning, preparation
- Examination of the patient, determination of the correct occlusion. Determination of treatment necessity and possibility.
- X-ray studies (CT, TRH, OPTG – if necessary).
- Taking casts and making plaster models.
If the occlusion adjustment was chosen by braces, first of all, they are installed.
Contrary to the wishes of patients, even when the teeth are curved on one jaw only, most often, braces need to be installed on both, since there will be no proper closing of the teeth after the movement of the teeth only one of the jaws.
When treating with splints (transparent plastic aligners), the doctor sticks attachments to the teeth – small bumps that help the splint hold better, if necessary).
Continuation of treatment, scheduled visits to the doctor
Depending on the diagnosis, the treatment goes through different stages, such as jaw dilation, bodily movement of teeth, etc.
The frequency of visits to the doctor depends on the appliances chosen:
- Ligature braces – about 1 time per month.
- Self-ligating braces – about 1 time in 1.5-2 months.
- Splints – depends on the stage of treatment and recommendations of the doctor – it’s possible 1 time per month or 1 time in 2 months.
End of treatment
They are removed during treatment on braces and residues of glue are removed from the teeth.
A very important stage that goes right after orthodontic treatment is the retention period. It consolidates the achieved result. Neglect of them often leads to negative feedbacks of patients
, such as “after treatment, all the teeth returned to the initial place, the treatment did not make sense.” Therefore, immediately at the end of treatment, wire retainers are usually installed and splints or retainers for the night.