Orthodontic Guide

For decades, orthodontics has been the most requested aesthetic treatment in the dental surgery. Much more than the alignment of teeth, as we will see in this guide, it is a treatment that improves the placement of teeth to achieve a healthier life. Find out all the details!

orthodontic guide

1. What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the part of dentistry that is responsible for correcting the position of the teeth and the shape of the dental arches, achieving perfect balance in the face and greater functionality of the mouth.

More and more adults are taking the plunge and taking the plunge to solve the dental problems they have suffered for years. Orthodontics is not just a treatment for children and young people. Thanks to the new types of orthodontics it is possible to find the solution that best suits each person according to their needs and lifestyle.

2. Types

There are many types of orthodontics that are adapted to the correction of different problems in patients. The choice of one treatment or another will depend on the needs of each person and the type of correction required.

In addition, new advances in orthodontics include invisiblebrackets and other discreet and comfortable systems, easily adaptable to the patient's lifestyle. Which types of orthodontics are most suitable for you? Knowing the most commonly used systems will help you choose the most effective and aesthetic treatment.

3. Interceptive orthodontics

Interceptive orthodontics is a treatment frequently used in children. It consists of a system that prevents or corrects problems of malocclusion or deviations in the growth stage.

Through a system of guides adapted to each patient, the orthodontist corrects the development of the maxillary and mandibular bones, achieving correct positioning. This is applied after detecting problems in the development of bone structures in children. Approximately it is done between the ages of 6 and 12 to achieve different objectives.

4. Corrective orthodontics

When the orthodontic problem has already developed, it is possible to resort to corrective orthodontics to solve it and to treat the slight deformation of the dental arch or to improve the function of the teeth, this treatment is usually applied in young people and adults.

Thanks to corrective orthodontics, it is possible to achieve the functional and aesthetic balance of the bones and teeth. Do you know which are the best orthodontic appliances to treat each type of problem in adolescents and adults?

5. Types of brackets

Brackets are small pieces that hold each tooth in place and are attached to each other by a metal ligature or ring. They are made of metal or a hard, resistant material and are attached to the front surface of the tooth in a fixed way during orthodontic treatment.

There are various types of brackets depending on the material they are made of. The most classic are metal brackets, with their characteristic silver colour. However, they are not the only ones. More and more people are deciding to undergo corrective orthodontic treatment, choosing more resistant or discreet brackets that adapt to their lifestyle. Which are the best? We tell you about all the options below.

6. Metal brackets

Metal brackets are the brackets of a lifetime. Highly effective and economical, they perform their function perfectly, allowing a great capacity of adhesion to the tooth. They are made of resistant materials that do not deteriorate, so it is not necessary to change them throughout the treatment.

On the downside, some people find them unsightly. They can also be a little more uncomfortable. Knowing the advantages and disadvantages of metal braces can help you make the best choice.

7. Sapphire brackets

Highly durable and with excellent functionality, sapphire brackets are a more expensive but highly sought after option for adults undergoing orthodontic treatment. Sapphire brackets are completely clear, so they go unnoticed by most people.

The use of sapphire brackets is considered an invisible orthodontic option. However, it is necessary to take into account some of its disadvantages, such as the high price they tend to have.

8. Ceramic brackets

Ceramic brackets are somewhat more affordable. They are also very durable, with very good adhesion to the teeth for correct positioning throughout orthodontic treatment.

This option is one of the most popular, as it presents the perfect balance between an affordable price and a very good aesthetic, camouflaging with the teeth thanks to its white colour that goes unnoticed. But did you know that they also have some disadvantages?

9. Fixed orthodontics vs. invisible orthodontics

There are two types of orthodontics for the correction of dental alignment problems. The choice of fixed orthodontics or invisible orthodontics will depend on the advantages and disadvantages for each patient depending on the desired results.

Is it better to use braces or the new invisible orthodontic systems? What are the advantages of each of these types of orthodontics for adults? The general recommendation is to put yourself in the hands of a good orthodontist who will guide the patient towards the most suitable option. In addition, you can also find out beforehand what the advantages and disadvantages of each type of orthodontics are.

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10. Which is better?

Nowadays there are many types of orthodontics for adults precisely because each patient has specific needs. A frequently asked question in the orthodontist's surgery is "Which orthodontic treatment is best? This question can have very different answers.

Depending on the age of the patient, the complexity of the case, the price and the aesthetic needs of each patient, it is possible to resort to one or another type of treatment. We analyse which treatments are best from the aesthetic point of view, durability, hygiene, effectiveness and other factors, so that you can choose the one that suits you best.

KIN will answer all your questions about orthodontic treatments to get the smile you've always wanted.