Orthodontics for adults

June 4, 2018 10:39 am

Improvements in the aesthetics of orthodontic appliances have encouraged many adults to correct oral alterations within their mouth.

These are the most common types of orthodontics among adults:

  • Metal brackets – can be used in all types of patients by correcting alignment problems and alterations in the bite, as well as being the most economical.
  • Aesthetic brackets (porcelain and sapphire) – has the same effectiveness as the metal brackets and the lingual orthodontics, however due to the material used they blend better with the tooth (porcelain brackets are white and sapphire are transparent).
  • Lingual orthodontics – this is an extremely discreet option as it is placed on the inside of the teeth preventing others from noticing that you have orthodontic treatment. In addition, it avoids the possible emergence or strain on the front tooth enamel.
  • Removable invisible orthodontics – is a removable clear aligner which is changed every 2 weeks to enable new moulds to force the progressive movement of the teeth. This type of orthodontic has a short treatment time.

Oral hygiene advice for appliance wearers:

  • Brush your teeth after every meal and at least twice a day.
  • Use a suitable toothbrush such as the VITIS orthodontic toothbrush which allows access to all areas of the mouth.
  • The VITIS orthodontic wax is a protective wax which can be used to avoid chafing or injury to the buccal mucosa through contact with brackets or arches.
  • Products such as the VITIS orthodontic toothpaste and mouthwash help to prevent against the development of caries, gingivitis and halitosis.
  • If removable appliances are used, it is essential to maintain proper hygiene of the appliance itself to prevent it from accumulating buccal biofilm. To achieve this, clean the appliance with a toothbrush and soak in water with an effervescent cleaner like the VITIS orthodontic tablets.

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