Plates are often used for correcting simple problems of tooth position, or for modifying growth. Plates can be taken out of the mouth. However, if plates are not worn all the time, they will not work! If worn correctly, most plates work over a period of one or two years. Some very minor problems may be corrected in only three to six months.
Plates are also used as retainers after braces are removed. When used as a retainer, the plate is holding the teeth in their new position. Sometimes further very minor alignment is also carried out with the retainer.
RULES FOR PLATES
● Keep all appointments. Plates need to be checked and adjusted regularly as your teeth move, and if this is not done teeth may not move at all, or move in the wrong direction;
● Always keep your plate and teeth clean. Brush your plate regularly using a toothbrush and toothpaste, or if you can't brush, rinse your plate after eating;
● Wear your plate all the time, including while eating and sleeping;
● Always follow instructions carefully, especially if you are asked to wear rubber bands("elastics").
● If you wear elastics, only wear one at a time, and change it regularly (usually every two days);
● Don't fiddle with your plate or try to alter or repair it yourself;
● Only take your plate out if it is likely to be lost or damaged, such as surfing or playing rough contact sports;
● Don't become impatient and stop wearing your plate before treatment is completed. If treatment is stopped too early, your teeth will gradually become crooked again.
● Be careful if you have a dog as they like to run off with them and chew them
● Be careful if you go to a restaurant if you take your plate out at any time make sure you keep it safe
Remember - look after your plate, keep
it clean, and wear it all the time
Traditional orthodontics consist of fixed or metal braces that are attached to the teeth and which use metal brackets combined with wires
and elastics. In spite of recent innovations in orthodontics these traditional braces are still quite widely used due to their versatility.
The use of brackets enables orthodontists to precisely reposition the teeth in ways that aren't always possible with more modern systems and
can provide patients with really straight teeth, giving the best possible results.
Fixed metal braces can treat most orthodontic problems, including issues with occlusion or the way the teeth bite together. They can be used to close up gaps in between teeth, to correct teeth that are rotated or protrusive, or teeth which are crooked due to overcrowding. Fixed metal braces can also be used to correct overbites where the upper front teeth close too far forward of the lower front teeth, underbites which are the opposite problem where the lower front teeth are biting too far forward in front of the upper front teeth, and open bites where the front teeth do not occlude or bite together at all, even when the back teeth are in contact. Fixed or metal braces can also be used to correct crossbites where some of the upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
These braces fit on the outside of your teeth and are
tooth coloured. They feature colour-matching technology
that allows them to blend naturally with individual teeth,
making them virtually invisible.
But Ceramic Braces dont just look better - they are precision-engineered to offer superior strength and accuracy to ensure your treatment goes smoothly and on schedule, exactly as planned.
A fixed ceramic brace consists of small brackets that are attached to the front of each individual tooth with a special adhesive, linked together by orthodontic wires. While they are visually less obvious, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are smaller and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth (by the tongue and palate), rather than in front, and therefore offer a great cosmetic alternative
for those who want their teeth straightened, without the braces showing.
The process for lingual braces involves taking an impression of the teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory and used to create customized brackets. The process takes about six weeks and, once complete, allows the orthodontist to use a specific process to cement the braces onto the back surfaces of your teeth.
Like traditional braces, this product works by applying gentle yet continuous pressure on the teeth, to help them slowly shift into proper position. The treatment can take anywhere from 18-36 months, depending on the severity of a patient's overcrowding of teeth or their bite.
Braces are definitely worth the investment, but lingual braces have special requirements. Because they're custom made, they cost a bit more and treatment tends to be more involved. One of the biggest factors to consider is the cost of the materials; each tooth has its own installment of brackets and arch wires.
The Infinitas Mini Implant System is a versatile Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD). TAD systems offer fixed anchorage to assist with the efficiency of your orthodontic treatment. This is useful when you encounter the need for space closure, tooth uprighting, open bite correction, molar distalization, and a number of other applications.
When deciding which mini implant system to purchase there are a number of considerations for the clinician:
● How easily will auxiliaries such as closing coil springs or elastomeric chain attach to the head?
● How comfortable will it be for the patient?
● How easily will it integrate with my current treatment mechanics?
● Will I need to drill a pilot hole or will the mini implants self-drill?
These questions are all addressed with the sophisticated and intelligently designed TAD System – fast becoming the system of choice for many orthodontists.
1. Universal Head Design:
The head of the Infinitas mini implant is designed for direct attachment of many forms of traction. Auxiliaries, such as closing coil springs and elastomeric chain and .021”x.025” rectangular wire are held securely on one traction level, in the undercuts of this low profile head design. In particular there is no need for custom made closing coil springs
2. Angled Transmucosal Neck:
The transmucosal neck of the Infinitas mini implant is designed to allow insertion at any angle due to the favorable contact between the mucosa and angled neck.
The are two neck heights: short neck for areas of thin mucosa and a long neck for areas of thick mucosa.
3. Unique Body Design:
The Infinitas cutting thread is designed to increase mini implant stability as its thread continues the full length of the mini implant body and therefore, through the cortical bone.
The unique tapered design of the mini implant is designed to enhance engagement of the cortical bone. The 1.5mm diameter version benefits from the coronal end of the body broadening out to a diameter of 2mm while still permitting easy inter-proximal placement.
4. Self Drilling Insertion Technique:
All Infinitas mini implants are designed to be self-drilling, to ease insertion and maximize stability. The self-drilling thread avoids the need to pre-drill a full pilot hole.
Note: During placement in dense cortical bone excessive torque is avoided with the use of the unique Infinitas Cortical Bone Punch.
Invisalign is the orthodontic appliance which was developed by Align Technology INC in 1997. This is the system to straighten your teeth using a series of clear removable aligners. First, bite impressions of your teeth will be taken, the teeth will be aligned on the cast plaster model using the newest 3D computer technology, a series of clear aligners is produced for each step and each aligner is replaced with the next every month.
The treatment flow is as follows: We will take bite impressions of your teeth and send these to the company in U.S.A. Then, they will make simulated setup data according to Doctor’s treatment plan. Doctor will confirm that it follows his treatment plan and make an order to the company for Invisaline.
A series of Invisalign for the first visit to the last are sent back to us about in a month. You will visit the orthodontist every 4 to 6 months and he will see treatment progress and move to the next step. (2 weeks for 1 step)
Advantages of this method:
1) Treatment is done invisibly without braces.
2) A series of clear aligners can be produced by taking bite impressions only once just before treatment.
Disadvantages of this method:
1) There is a possibility for the aligneres not to fit, if you have cavity treatment in the middle of orthodontic treatment and your teeth form has changed.
2) If you cannot wear Invisalign for 20 hours a day, total treatment time will be prolonged.
3) Cases for which this method is good are limited.
Clear Aligner is the same clear plastic shields as Invisalign. But it is greatly different from Invisalign because we will not make a series of aligners for the first visit to the last from your cast plaster model taken before treatment. We will take bite impressions of your teeth every month and make aligners for the next step. In the process of treatment, even if teeth form has changed or there is any unexpected movement of the teeth (for example: it is hard to move, expansion of dental arches is not enough, amount of teeth movement is modified and so on), we can cope at any time. We will prepare soft type aligners and hard type aligners for each step, so the teeth can be moved without giving excessive power.