Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve the appearance of the teeth and function. Your teeth may be crowded or crooked. Prominent front teeth can be at risk from trauma. Or you might have unsightly gaps between them that you may be conscious of .Orthodontic treatment can straighten these teeth or move them into a better position. This not only improves your smile but also the way the teeth bite and work together. Well aligned teeth are also easier to maintain and keep clean and healthy.
Our resident Orthodontist Dr Georges Takla uses all the latest techniques to align your teeth and improve your smile. These include invisible brackets, the Invisalign or Clearstep matrix systems etc.
Do I have to wear ‘railway tracks’? Removable appliances are rarely used these days as they were somewhat unpredictable and had their problems. Fixed appliances or‘tracks’ are far more predictable and move the teeth more quickly. They do not have to be all metal .We can use coloured bands, porcelain brackets etc to make them less visible or more attractive. Alternatively there are new orthodontic systems which use sequential close fitting plastic matrices to fit over the teeth and gradually move them into the desired position. These are the Invisalign or Clearstep systems. They use 3D computer technology to create ‘before and after’ models and make the matrices to match. Complex cases may not be suitable for this technique.
How long will I need to wear my braces? This will vary from case to case but depending on the specific problem it can be anything from six months to two years. Eighteen months would be about average.
What is the best age to wear braces? Teeth are most easily moved when the bone is actively growing so the pubescent growth phase is ideal. However it is possible to move teeth at any age although it takes a little longer as we get older. It is unusual to have a brace before all the baby teeth are gone but in a few cases it can be a good idea to influence the pattern of jaw growth early.
How much do braces cost? Cost will depend on the complexity of the case and which system you choose but you should allow € 3,500 to € 4,500 per case. This is tax allowable.