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Dental-facial orthopaedic (more commonly known as orthodontics), is a specialised branch of dentistry dedicated to the diagnosis, prevention, control and correction of problems in the jaw and dental structures in order to achieve and maintain correct occlusal relations and proper aesthetic harmony of the craniofacial complex.
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The correcting of “malocclusions” to restore a correct dental position and good skeletal relationship between the upper and lower jaws reaches beyond the mere aesthetic benefits.
Misaligned teeth and incorrect occlusion can cause a whole series of problems, including:
In some cases it may be necessary to intervene early on in life during the growth stage with orthopaedic-orthodontic devices. “Interceptive Orthodontics” aims to prevent and correct all problems that can occur during craniofacial development, by acting on malocclusion before this becomes structured at the skeletal level in more or less severe forms over time.
By intervening early with malocclusion it is possible to:
Orthodontics is an integral part of a multidisciplinary treatment, that involves prostheses and periodontics as well as aesthetic dentistry. Frequently, before proceeding with an appropriate prosthetic and aesthetic rehabilitation, or for maintaining the results obtained with periodontal therapy stable over time, it may be necessary to intervene with orthodontics to correct and reposition the teeth:
Thanks to an advanced process of imaging and 3D computer graphics, it is now possible to perform orthodontic treatment without the use of the traditional anchorage and metal wires. A series of invisible, removable masks (“aligners”), personalised to fit the mouth of the individual patient will gradually shift the teeth towards the desired position prescribed by the orthodontist.
The aligners are completely transparent, therefore nobody will ever notice the orthodontic treatment in progress. There is no discomfort for the patient during this as the shifting is gradual and achieved by applying forces with only a mild exertion. It eliminates any inflammation of the periodontal tissues and the soreness often associated with orthodontic treatment with traditional bands (or braces). Brief duration of the check-ups at the specialist’s. The aligners can be removed.
The patient does not need to make dietary sacrifices or changes to their normal diet. It is advisable for the patient to keep up with the correct dental hygiene at home during the entire duration of the treatment to ensure the health of the periodontal tissues.
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