BRACKETS AND ORTHODONTIC ADJUSTMENT
Did you know that it is possible to adjust teeth even in advanced age? Every patient, irrespective of age, may be guaranteed an esthetic appearance, provided the teeth are healthy. We will gladly advise you individually.
REASONS FOR ORTHODONTIC ADJUSTMENT
Crowding of front teeth in upper and lower jaw
This malocclusion as a rule intensifies in adults where it may lead to esthetic and functional problems.
Migration of single teeth with ensuing gap formation
Patients with periodontal problems (periodontal disease) often suffer from movements of single teeth which may cause not only esthetic but also functional impairments.
Treatment neglected during childhood
Many adults with malocclusions should have been treated in childhood but for a number of different personal reasons this was not done. It could also have been the case that the state of the art methods of treatment at that time had not yet matured enough in order to ensure a perfect result.
Adjustment following the loss of a tooth
If adults lose a tooth, the ensuing gap may in many cases be closed by brackets. This has a major advantage because no replacement is required.
Adjustment as preliminary to crowns or bridges
If the gap due to loss cannot be closed with a proper adjustment, it may be necessary to resort to crowns, bridges or implants. In this case the brackets may be used as a preliminary (for instance for the straightening of obliquely positioned anchorage teeth). The top quality of crowns, bridges or implants can often only be achieved by first applying the above-mentioned preliminaries.
Pains in the mandibular joints
These may be caused by malocclusions in which case brackets (sometimes in combination with splints and physiotherapy) may alleviate symptoms and pains.
Combined dental and jaw malocclusions
Malocclusions of the jaws are successfully tractable only in children during the growing period. For dental and mandibular malocclusions during adulthood, brackets may not be sufficient. In such cases surgical intervention may be necessary as an added procedure.