The word orthodontics can be traced back to the Greek word "ortho" which means right and "Odontos" which stands for tooth. The goal of orthodontic treatment is to obtain an efficient and regular teeth, that looks nice and easy to keep clean. But that's only half the story. The official name for an orthodontist is the specialist in dento-maxillary orthopedics. The name thus shows that orthodontics is not only concerned with regulating teeth, but also growth and growth modification of the jaws.
What is an orthodontist?
An orthodontist is a dentist who has followed a specialist in the Dento-Maxillary Orthopedics (Orthodontics) a four-year full-time specialist training at the university after studying dentistry.
The dentist training and orthodontic specialization thereby take along 10 years. The orthodontist works after he enrolled in the Specialist Register no longer as a dentist, but focuses only concerned with orthodontics.
After this, the treatment plan will be taken together with the orthodontist. Hijj shows what exactly is going on with your teeth and how it can be solved. The orthodontist says then:
- the bracket for you is the best,
- how long the treatment will last approximately
- how much it is going to cost. You will also receive a written cost estimate so that, if necessary, to consult with the sickness and health insurance
Sometimes need extra preparations before you get the bracket. It may be that you first must return to your dentist for example, to fill a hole in your choosing, or to remove choose to create additional space. Depending on the bracket that you get it may be necessary to make new printing of your teeth. Thereafter, the appointment will be made when you finally get the bracket. The orthodontist explains what exactly will happen.
The treatment is started. Exactly how this happens depends on the bracket you get. For the average orthodontic treatment to get every month control. At the controls of the orthodontist looks at how it goes, the bracket will be checked and adjusted if necessary. In most cases it takes the total treatment 2 to 3 years.
If you can not keep an appointment, call off at least one day in advance. Missed appointments are always charged in principle.
If your bracket is broken or if there is a block of the fixed bracket is loose, please let us know soon. Even though you have the next day (or on the same day) an appointment. If we know in advance that something needs to be repaired, we try to schedule extra time so you do not have extra to come back. If you control appointment only reports that the bracket is broken, it may be that you need to make a new appointment for the repair.
Information on risks, limitations and inconveniences
The purpose of the orthodontic treatment is to obtain a fine and well-functioning teeth. In order to achieve this goal is not only the effort of the orthodontist and the practice team of interest; A good patient compliance is perhaps the most important. Good information about the how and why of the orthodontic treatment, so you will know exactly what is expected of you, is essential for its success. Like any other dental or medical treatment also brings an orthodontic treatment discomfort, risks and limitations with it. These will rarely severe enough not to start treatment, but must be known to you and be factored into your decision to start or not to orthodontic treatment. The information in this leaflet does not replace your conversation with the orthodontist. Imagine not hesitate to ask if things are not yet clear. The orthodontist and the other members of the practice team will inform you extensively during treatment on all aspects of the orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is a voluntary choice. An alternative is to choose not to be treated. So you accept your current dental situation and any deterioration in the future. An alternative to orthodontic treatment depends of course on the existing derogation and the dental situation, the underlying skeleton and the appearance. Possible alternatives could be:
- Pulling of one or more teeth after which the position of the other teeth can somewhat improve spontaneously
- Surgical correction of the position of the jaws
- Camouflage an abnormal position of the teeth using tooth-colored filling material (composite)
- Possible prosthetic solutions (crowns and bridges)
- A compromise treatment in which only a part of the abnormality is dealt with.
Discuss the options with your orthodontist before you begin orthodontic treatment.