● Orthodontics and dent facial orthopedics is the formal name of the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance, and correction of bad bites.
● The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.
● If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or do not meet at all, correction may be recommended.
Dental metal framework product advantages
1、Braces and aligners are the “appliances” orthodontists most commonly use to guide your teeth into their proper positions. Retainers preserve and stabilize the results of your orthodontic treatment.
2、In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment to correct long-standing problems or problems that stem from maturational changes.
3、Orthodontics by GRACEFUL can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
4、4With the advancement of orthodontic technology, orthodontic technology includes not only fixed lip correction, but also relatively hidden lingual orthodontics, and bracketless invisible correction. All kinds of orthodontic appliances have their advantages and disadvantages. Specific to what kind of appliance should be suitable for each person, experts at GRACEFUL will recommend it according to your age, the nature and severity of dental malformations.
Generally, there are the following orthodontic Appliances:
1. Metal bracket
Traditional metal brackets are affordable, strong and durable, and have a history of 100 years. The unique rounding treatment on the edges of the bracket minimizes adverse irritation to the oral mucosa.
It has the advantage of being economical and practical, and the disadvantage is that a ligation wire or ligation ring is required. Occasionally, the tip of the wire will poke through the mouth, or the ligation ring will change color due to aging and staining.
Because of the complex raised structures on the tooth surface, oral hygiene is not easy to maintain, leading to rotten teeth. And the metallic color hinders aesthetics.
2. Transparent ceramic appliance
With the widespread development of orthodontic treatment for adults, people often want appliances to be exposed as little or no as possible due to professional or social requirements.
As a result, various semi-invisible or invisible appliances have been developed and applied, which greatly meet the aesthetic requirements of beauty lovers. Transparent ceramic appliances are one of the more common ones.
The clear ceramic appliance is made of strong and transparent bioceramic material, which is milky white translucent or completely transparent, consistent with the color of the teeth. There is only one steel wire worn on the teeth from a distance, which is not easy to find, and has the characteristics of beautiful appearance
3. Lingual orthodontic appliance
Lingual orthodontic correction technology is an orthodontic technology that has emerged internationally in the past 30 or 40 years, but not many patients have used this method. It is an orthodontic treatment technique that installs the appliance on the side of the tongue of the tooth for correction. No orthodontic treatment device is visible on the appearance, and it is a highly aesthetic orthodontic technique.
However, this kind of appliance is technically demanding for orthodontists. In addition, it is expensive, slightly less comfortable when first put on, a poor tongue experience, and may have some impact on pronunciation, making oral cleaning difficult during orthodontics.
4. Invisible appliance
With the rapid development of computer software and hardware technology, image acquisition and processing technology, 3D digital imaging and 3D printing technology, bracketless invisible correction has begun to be widely used in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment.
Compared with various traditional fixed appliance methods, the invisible appliance has the characteristics of comfort, hygiene, removable, transparent and beautiful, accurate and efficient, etc., and can realize the prediction of three-dimensional visual correction effect.
Compared to traditional fixed correction, invisible correction is more expensive, but it is more economical than lingual correction.
In addition, invisible correction requires 20-22 hours a day (all times except eating and brushing), and each time you wear it, you need to use a bite to make it fit precisely, and if you fail to do both, sometimes it will not achieve the desired results or prolong the treatment time.
At present, there are generally 3 types of common retainers: Harley holders, transparent invisible holders, and tongue holders.
1. Harley retainer
Invented by Chorles A. Hawley in 1919, the Harley Retainer is based on an orthodontic model made of self-condensing plastic and bent steel wire. It is divided into two parts, one part covering the patient’s teeth.
The Harley retainer is simple in structure, strong and durable, and works well, but it has a strong foreign body sensation after wearing it.
2. Invisible retainer
Invented in 1964 by Dr. HenryNaHoum, the diaphragm is colorless and transparent, does not compromise aesthetics, and is also known as an invisible retainer. The foreign body sensation is small after wearing, and it is becoming more and more popular clinically.
The invisible retainer needs to be removed when eating and cleaning the mouth, has a certain service life, and needs to be cleaned daily, and placed carefully at normal times. Depending on the usage, it will need to be remade and replaced every once in a while.
3. Lingual retainer
The lingual retainer is generally glued directly to the lateral surface of the six front teeth of the upper and lower jaw. Orthodontists cannot remove them by themselves.
The lingual retainer has less influence on oral pronunciation and eating, is stable and reliable. It is designed for people prone to relapse, suitable for long-term maintenance, but because of its fixation, shedding is not easy to detect and requires special attention to oral hygiene.
Frequently asked questions about wearing retainers
1 Does the retainer need to be worn for life?
Generally speaking, it takes at least one year for the tissues around the tooth to regain stability, and the first 3 months of correction are particularly prone to recurrence. Therefore, in the first year of removal of the appliance, it is necessary to wear the retainer carefully during the day and night. Change to wearing a retainer at night for 6 months later.
If you feel easy to wear, you can gradually reduce the wearing time of the retainer in the future: wear it one night the next day, one night a week, until you stop wearing it.
Since everyone’s condition is different, if there are stubborn bad habits of the lips and tongue, periodontal disease, or the cause of the malformation itself that is prone to recurrence, your doctor may advise you to wear it for life. Other specific cases require medical advice.
2 Do you have to relapse after wearing a retainer?
Not necessarily. The position of the teeth may also change if they are worn for insufficient time every day, or if the retainer is damaged and not detected in time.
In addition, the teeth are chewed in the mouth after orthodontics ends, and even if the retainer is worn carefully, there will be a change in position to some extent. If the change is within acceptable limits, the effect is considered stable.
The advice of the experts at GRACEFUL is that the retainer can not only keep your freshly corrected teeth but also your wallet, health, beauty, and wealth, it is worth wearing a retainer for you!