Which braces are the right ones for you?

There are various sorts of braces. Which braces are the best for you? That depends on your dental abnormality. Among others, we fit the following braces: fixed braces, removable braces such as activators, plate braces, outside braces, Invisalign and retainers.

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Fixed braces

Most people get fixed braces. The wire is held by brackets, which should move your teeth into the proper position. In our practice, we work with self-ligating brackets. These are fixed braces that provide more comfort and reduce treatment time. With ordinary fixed braces, the wire is attached with small, colored elastic ties. The force exerted by the braces ensures that the teeth are repositioned. With self-ligating braces, the wire can move easily, because there is far less friction with the teeth. The wire is secured firmly behind a metal clip. With these braces, you do not need to return for a follow-up appointment as often. Self-ligating braces cost slightly more; However, you save on appointments as the treatment period is shorter.

With fixed braces you must really watch what you eat. Do not eat any hard foods such as nuts, apples, or even French bread. This could result in a bracket becoming detached. Braces make it difficult to brush your teeth and restrict the areas of contact with the brush. For this reason, it’s a good idea to brush three times a day, for five minutes. Are you bothered by ridges along your molars that irritate your cheeks or tongue? A little bit of wax really works wonders.

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Removable braces - the activator

Many people’s upper and lower teeth do not fit properly against each other. In this case, your orthodontist will opt for removable braces (activators).These help to get your jaw into the right position. The braces are made of synthetic resin. The longer you wear removable braces, the greater the effect. In some cases, you do not have to wear them all day long; sixteen hours is usually sufficient. However, it is important to wear your braces every day.

They will certainly take some getting used to. You will feel them immediately after fitting. A sore or blister may form, but a little bit of synthetic resin will make the pain go away quickly. Talking and swallowing will also be a little different. However, after a short time, wearing braces will almost feel normal and they will continue to fit looser. That’s right. Your teeth will be moving into the right position. Clean your braces with a toothbrush.

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Removable braces - plate braces

A dental plate is a plate that rests against the palate, and is made of synthetic resin. Its purpose is to let your teeth get used to their new position. You wear the plate all day and all night. At first, you will notice that it takes some getting used to. Talking and swallowing are a little different. But the more you wear the plate, the sooner you will get used to it. When you first put in the plate, it will be quite a tight fit. This is what it was designed for, after all. If the treatment is successful, the plate will continue to become looser and looser. This is a sign that things are going according to plan. Most dental plates have a raised surface for incisors on which you can bite. This allows your teeth to grow towards each other on their own.

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External braces

If something in your upper jaw needs to change, external braces are the best solution. These are metal braces that are fastened to your teeth. The braces are attached to your head with a neck strap. This exerts force on your teeth, moving them into the proper position. External braces are usually used in conjunction with other braces. They do take some getting used to, and you must wear them even at night.

You will certainly feel the braces initially. In fact, it can be quite annoying to feel your teeth being forced into position. However, you will get used to this after just a few weeks, and then you will no longer feel anything. Your orthodontist will arrange with you how many hours a day the braces should be worn. You should obviously take off the external braces when exercising. This should be done carefully. Ensure that nothing is damaged and make sure that you follow the accompanying instructions.

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Invisalign are almost-invisible aligners that orthodontists and dentists use to optimize the functionality and aesthetics of your teeth.

The aligners are made of thin plastic and fit snugly over your teeth. You put in a new set every other week, so that your teeth are gradually moved into position.

Invisalign have been used by dentists and orthodontists since 1998 and more than three million treatments have now been performed successfully.

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Mandibular Repositioning Appliance (MRA)

Sometimes braces alone are not enough and additional treatment is required. Some options may be:

- AdvanSync
- Forsus springs

These appliances should be periodically adjusted. You can make an appointment with us for this.

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Upper jaw expanders

Palatal expanders, also known as slow maxillary expanders, are used to widen the upper jaw of young children. At an early age, the upper jaw consists of left and right halves that can be very effectively expanded to prevent problems later in life. Upper jaw expansion becomes less effective as you get older. As the name suggests, this is a slow process. The expander is screwed outwards once a day. There will be a gap between the front teeth after treatment. Following treatment, the teeth will have the space to grow properly next to each other, after which the gap will disappear. The expander can be removed and re-inserted but should really be used throughout the day, even when sleeping.

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The retainer

The individual teeth or groups of teeth have been repositioned. The only thing that must still happen is for the teeth to grow into their new position. Once in their new position, the teeth are still loose, which is why we use a retainer. This helps your teeth to get used to their new position and stabilizes them. The retainer is either a fixed wire behind the teeth or a tray made of synthetic resin, and is initially worn day and night. This phase may last as long as two years. During this time, you do not have to return for an appointment very often: only at three, six and twelve months. The retainer has to fit rather tightly at the start, but once your teeth have grown into their new position, the retainer will feel a little looser. At that point, you need only wear the retainer at night.

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