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Orthodontics is a specialty in dentistry, which helps diagnose, prevent and treat misaligned teeth, jaws and malocclusions (improper bites). Problems such as crowded teeth, spaced teeth, deep bite, open bite, cross bite, missing teeth, thumb sucking, speech difficulties, grinding or clenching of teeth or clicking of the jaws by opening and closing, require orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic problems can be detected as early as seven years of age or even earlier. An early examination allows noticing these problems and a better planning of the appropriate treatment. The early treatment often reduces the effort of the later alignment of permanent teeth and set up the chance to treat dental crowding without extractions of permanent teeth. The strategy of our treatment is first to build up Neuromuscular balance by jaw development and alignment of posture then straighten teeth. Successful and stable Orthodontic treatment results are more than just straightening teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can be performed at any age, successfully. In severe cases of malocclusion in adults, because the facial bones don't grow anymore, the correction with braces alone are not possible. In these cases, a combination of orthodontic and surgical treatment would be the best treatment option.
An attractive smile with straight teeth improves self-confidence and self-esteem, aside from this, having aligned teeth will help to improve your oral condition also. Well-aligned teeth make it possible to follow good oral hygiene routine and reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. A misaligned bite can cause grinding and clenching of the teeth, which can lead to tooth wear and pain in the jaw joint area, headaches, ear noise, dizziness, nausea and back pain. Also, difficulties to speak properly can be related to misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment involves the design and use of corrective appliances such as braces, lingual braces, removable plates and functional appliances, aligners, retainers to bring the teeth and jaws into proper alignment.
Orthodontic Treatment for Children
More than half of teeth & jaw misalignments are originated after birth. The reason for that could be a pacifier, extended thumb sucking, wrong swallowing patterns or a restricted upper airway. Also, after the early loss of baby teeth, an orthodontic treatment can be necessary as early as 4 years of age.
Waiting for the completion of permanent teeth eruption to reduce the treatment time may result in serious disadvantages for the child.
After 10 years of age, 90% of the growth of the upper jaws are completed. An incorrect jaw position can cause major asymmetries. This can affect important functions in the oral cavity and can have a negative effect on the neck, shoulder and back.
Orthodontic Treatment for Adolescents
As our Orthodontic experts have been seeing patients at our clinic for almost 10 years, their well-known expertise has been requested for many second opinion consultations. In particular, dysfunction with Temporomandibular joint pain and Aesthetic perfection are often reasons for secondary treatment. Usually, the orthodontic treatment should be carried out as early as possible and not after the eruption of all permanent teeth. Earlier, the gentle transformation of the dental arches and the corrective influence of the growth, secure an orthodontic treatment without the removal of permanent teeth. In these cases, an optimal breathing through the nose, the improving of tongue function and head posture will influence the long-term success in harmonizing the position of the teeth and jaw. Our experience shows that young patients at puberty or shortly thereafter feel self-conscious with fixed braces. In these cases, "invisible braces" are a perfect solution. In the case of small misalignments transparent trays (Aligners) can be used and in extensive correction cases, solid inner braces are used (lingual treatment). Our Orthodontists, Dr. Sostmann and Dr. De Zutter both hold a master's degree in Lingual Orthodontics, the only Orthodontists in the Middle East. Sometimes this method is the only way to ensure nice smiles without having conflicts at home about accepting a "metallic" smile.
Orthodontic Treatment of Adults
An attractive smile and white teeth are the symbols of being young and successful.
Very often adults are disturbed by their misaligned teeth as they have missed orthodontic treatment during childhood. Asymmetric smiles, gaps between the teeth, different length of the teeth are reasons for dental unattractiveness and reduced confidence in smiling.
An orthodontic treatment can improve the quality of life dramatically. With healthy gum conditions, it is possible to correct any misalignment of teeth. After an exact diagnosis with the help of diagnostic casts measurements, radiological and functional analysis the orthodontic treatment can be completed within two years.
Apart from the esthetic reasons, most of the orthodontic treatments for adults are due to functional reasons, like Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, ear noise or back pain.
A lot of tooth replacement treatments and implantations can be done only after correction of tooth position and after orthodontically opening of closed or too small gaps as a result of early tooth loss or extraction.
The treatment options available today are much easier and more comfortable for the patients. Invisible aligners to move the teeth can be a great alternative for patients, who want to avoid visible braces.
Modern ceramic braces and super elastic white wires or even better individually fabricated inner braces (Lingual Braces) can help adults to match the treatment to their lifestyle with a minimum treatment time.
Invisible Braces – Smile with Incognito®/WIN®:
Are fixed braces always a reason to hide your smile? Not at all, thanks to Incognito® and WIN®, the most common individually customized lingual bracket systems that GDNC offers Finally, you can now show up your best smile without any restrictions.
Invisalign® is a modern and technologically advanced way to move teeth. It is a safe and pain free way for straightening teeth.
Invisalign® treatments were designed in a way that, patients would have to go through lesser trouble and discomfort throughout the procedure of straightening their teeth. The procedure involves a series of invisible and removable aligners that requires being changed every two weeks, in exchange for the follow-up set of aligners. Each set of aligners are molded to fit your teeth perfectly. When each aligner is replaced by our skilled dentists, you will be able to see changes that occur inch by inch, and then eventually straighten to a final position as predicted. Once you are satisfied with the straightening, you will feel confidence enough to flash a beautiful smile, all thanks to Invisalign's hassle free procedure.
Bringing back your smile, one tooth at a time
Deciding on a teeth straightening treatment plan can be tricky. You may not feel confident enough to try out something new. Invisalign® has been providing clear aligners for over 18 years and has recently celebrated over five million cases worldwide. With that in mind, you can rest assured that our dentists will be in the best position to advise you whether Invisalign® is the best way to treat your teeth. We will discuss with you all the options including fixed orthodontics or incognito. We will then guide you depending on your case whether to proceed with Invisalign® or any other orthodontic treatment.
The journey towards a Perfect Smile is closer than you think
Three easy steps:
Following your consultation, the steps are easy and quick. We will take 3D scans of your teeth and digital pictures. Within minutes, all the information is uploaded and sent to Invisalign®. Within two to three working days, Invisalign® will create a treatment plan that our dentists will review thoroughly to make sure that it is the best treatment plan for you. They will then send you an email with a video that shows you exactly how the teeth will be moved and how long the treatment plan will take. This is the stage where we can customize the changes to your needs and aesthetic desires. Patient feedback and involvement is crucial at this stage and will ensure that you are happy with the aesthetic result while the dentist is satisfied with the clinical and functional requirements of the treatment. Once everyone is happy, Invisalign® takes 10-14 days to print and deliver the aligners.
If you have any further interest in asking about Invisalign® or any other orthodontic option, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists who will be able to guide you on your journey.
What is an Invisalign® Treatment?
Invisalign treatment is the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. No brackets and wires, and none of the restrictions that come with metal braces.
How does Invisalign® Treatment work?
Your Invisalign® clear aligners are custom-made for you. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snugly over your teeth.
Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to
use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by your doctor.
Only Invisalign clear aligners are made of proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material to gently shift your teeth into place.
How will Invisalign® treatment straighten my teeth?
Your doctor will create a unique, digital treatment plan that maps out the exact movements of your teeth. Your Invisalign clear aligners are then designed to apply the right amount of force to the right place at the right time based on your plan. Your doctor will be with you every step of the way to monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly.
Is Invisalign treatment right for me?
Yes! Invisalign treatment can be a great solution for both adults and teens looking for a virtually invisible method to improve their smile. Our innovations and technological advancements make it possible to fix nearly all common teeth-straightening and bite issues, from simple to complex — all without interrupting your busy life. And, thanks to a discreet blue dot on the outside of teen aligners, parents can be sure their child is wearing their clear aligners enough.
How long will treatment take?
The length of treatment depends on multiple factors, like how complex your case is and how often you wear your aligners. Your doctor will determine exactly how long your treatment will take based on your specific needs. On average, Invisalign® treatment time is 12 to 18 months, though you can start seeing results in a matter of weeks.
How often will I change aligners?
Your doctor will tell you how often you should change to new aligners (this can vary based on your individual treatment plan). Many doctors recommend changing Invisalign® clear aligners weekly or every other week.
How many hours per day should I wear my aligners?
For the best results, wear your Invisalign® clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day, taking them out just for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
How many people have used Invisalign® clear aligners?
Over 5 million people, including more than 1 million teens, have used Invisalign® clear aligners to transform their smiles.
I am currently wearing braces. Can I make the switch to Invisalign® treatment?
Possibly! Doctors are treating a significant number of patients with a combination of braces and Invisalign® clear aligners — consult your doctor to determine the best treatment approach for your smile.
Is Invisalign® treatment painful?
Invisalign® treatment moves your teeth by applying gentle, constant force, but some people do feel temporary discomfort for the first few days of wearing a new set of aligners. Typically, people describe it as feeling “pressure” and it’s normal — it’s a sign your Invisalign® clear aligners are working and transforming your smile.
Will Invisalign® treatment still work if I only wear my aligners while I sleep?
You need to wear your Invisalign® aligners 20 to 22 hours a day to get the results you want.