Braces are applied to teeth for various reasons, including poorly aligned jaws, crooked, crowded and missing teeth, or a bad bite (also called malocclusion).
Various things can cause teeth to become crooked or jaws misaligned, including thumb-sucking or a traumatic injury. Some conditions are inherited.
Children between the ages of 7 and 14 are typical candidates for braces because their facial structures are still developing. Adult braces usually entail additional procedures because their faces have already fully developed.
Orthodontics is a field of dentistry that deals with corrections involving jaw and teeth alignment.
Braces employ the use of wires and are usually one of three types:
Old-fashioned, conventional braces, which employ the use of metal strips, or bands.
Metal or plastic brackets that are cemented or bonded to teeth.
Brackets that attach to the back teeth (also called lingual braces).
Orthodontic procedures, also called orthodontia, are complex processes.
In most cases, a dentist will need to make a plaster cast of the individual’s teeth and perform full X-rays of the head and mouth.
After orthodontic appliances are placed, they need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure that they continue to move the teeth into their correct position.
Retainers are used following braces to ensure that teeth remain in position.
Aesthetic and Comfort Issues
Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with orthodontia.
Braces today are made from extremely lightweight and natural-colored materials. The materials that braces attach to-brackets-are bonded to the surfaces of teeth but can be later removed.
People can expect to wear braces for about two years—less or more in some cases. Adults are usually required to wear braces for longer periods of time.
Because orthodontic appliances need to be adjusted from time to time to ensure they continue to move the teeth into their correct position, they can create pressure on the teeth and jaws. This mild discomfort usually subsides following each orthodontia adjustment.
People who wear braces must be diligent in ensuring that food particles and other debris do not get trapped in the network of brackets and wires. In addition, brackets can leave stains on enamel if the area surrounding them is not cleaned on a daily basis.
Daily oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and rinsing are a necessity. Some people with orthodontic appliances can benefit from using water picks, which emit small pressurized bursts of water that can effectively rinse away such debris.
Another caveat: Braces and sticky foods don’t mix. Crunchy snacks and chewy substances should be avoided at all costs because they can cause orthodontia to be loosened or damaged.
Space maintainers are helpful dental devices that can help teeth grow in normally following premature tooth loss, injury or other problems.
The devices can help ensure that proper spaces are maintained to allow future permanent teeth to erupt.
If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, his or her other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and difficulties with chewing or speaking.
iTero Intraoral Scanning Technology
Tsar Dental Excellence West Palm Beach Cosmetic Dentists are proud to present iTero Intraoral Scanners, an all-new scanning technology developed by Align Technology. Tsar Dental Excellence currently offers Invisalign clear aligners (also developed by Align Technology) to help our clients achieve the smile of their dreams. Now, with iTero, we have taken another step forward to increase precision, save time and to ensure even better results with Invisalign aligners.
iTero is a brand new technology that enables cosmetic dentists or orthodontists to take a 3d digital scanned image of a patient’s bite and teeth. The technology also allows them to make adjustments in real time as well as to wirelessly transmit the gathered data for processing. iTero is a revolutionary technology with many applications in orthodontic dentistry, restorative dentistry as well as cosmetic dentistry.
iTero is designed to streamline a dentist’s working process to create dental alignment treatments. The process starts by using an iTero Intraoral Scanner to scan the patient’s mouth. The next step is to process the gathered data and prescription form by transmitting it to Align Technology. Then, depending on the requirement, a ClinCheck treatment plan, STL Export for Model-less Restoration Fabrication or iTero models will be created for review. In comparison to traditional scanning and measuring methods, the iTero Intraoral Scanner makes things much faster and saves a great deal of hassle for the technicians, the dentists and of course, the patients. The final step of the process is to offer the newly designed treatment plan to the patient. As mentioned earlier, iTero is exceptionally useful in many dental treatment situations. From Invisalign and crowns all the way to restorative dentistry, implants and orthodontics solutions, iTero is definitely the ideal intraoral scanning solution of the future.
iTero offers many benefits for patients and dentists alike. For instance, iTero’s state of the art imaging technology delivers exceptional precision and accuracy. iTero is capable of capturing images of the entire tooth without needing to fill in missing areas with algorithms which may result in an incorrect image. Therefore, restorations, when designed with the aid of iTero scanning, are much more accurate and have significantly low remake and rejection rates.
Here, at Tsar Dental Excellence, we have chosen to employ iTero to deliver a better patient experience and to eliminate the discomfort of taking impressions again and again. We understand that you have a busy schedule and have chosen iTero to help shorten your dental appointments by 22% with minimal chance of needing return appointments. With this new technology, we can educate you better and employ real time high impact visualizations to provide you with more insight into your condition and treatment options.
If you are in need of restorative dental work, Invisalign treatments or other dental treatments, contact us at Tsar Dental Excellence today! With iTero Intraoral Scanning technology, we can guarantee a better experience, faster services and greater comfort. Contact us today for more information on iTero and schedule an appointment with us.