What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that studies and corrects alterations in the dental arch and abnormalities in the teeth. Its main objective is to restore the anatomical and morphological balance of the mouth and face, considerably improving facial aesthetics.
What type of orthodontics do we use in the clinic?
It is an invisible and removable orthodontic technique that has revolutionised the world of dentistry due to its excellent results and greater aesthetics in its use. Invisalign has emerged as an alternative to braces that allows teeth to be aligned and different dental problems to be corrected through the use of transparent aligners.
In addition, the fact that it is a removable orthodontic treatment makes it much more hygienic, since you can remove the aligners to eat or brush your teeth.
How It Works
Using digital imaging technology in 3D and depending on the prescription of the orthodontist specialised in Invisalign, a personalised design of the treatment to be carried out by the patient is made from start to finish.
The main feature of this treatment is the aligners that the patient must wear in the dental arch. These aligners will adapt to the different stages of the treatment, as the teeth move progressively until the desired position is achieved.
How long does treatment take?
The duration of treatment will depend on the needs of each patient and will be established by the orthodontist. It can vary between 1 or 2 years like conventional brackets.
- Invisalign Complete: Its duration varies between 24 and 36 months.
- Invisalign Lite: It usually lasts for a maximum of 24 months.
For the treatment to be 100% effective, the patient must wear the aligners 22 hours a day.
Fixed orthodontics is a technique that consists of placing braces or brackets that are attached to the teeth. It is a non-removable treatment, for which the patient undergoes an initial assessment and a subsequent individualised study in order to proceed with the placement of the braces.
What type of braces do we use?
At the Luis Naranjo Dental Clinic we use metallic and sapphire braces. Both perform the same function, moving the teeth until the desired position is achieved. However, sapphire braces are more aesthetic as they belong to the category of transparent braces, while metal braces are more resistant.
Characteristics of sapphire braces
They are of high quality as they do not stain with any food and are more aesthetic than metal ones as they are invisible - the only metal part they have is the arch. The material is soft, so the patient does not usually experience chafing except during the first few days.
Characteristics of metal braces
They are the most conventional orthodontic system, characterised by their high degree of efficiency and safety, as they are made of a very resistant material. They are used to alleviate any problem of malocclusion or dental malformation and are usually cheaper than sapphire braces.
The disadvantage of this treatment is its visibility, as it is made of metal, it can be seen very easily so it may not be the best option for those patients who prefer aesthetics.