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A beautiful smile is one of the most important things for a contemporary man. It reflects the health of the organism, highlights the beauty of the facial physiognomy, makes the expression of a smile, and increases self-confidence. In today's age of beauty, the beauty of a smile takes a high place in the value system and in human communication. A nice smile is exactly the thing that will make the best first impression.

Patients' wishes are straight and beautiful teeth, and our task is to help them achieve that.

The branch of dental medicine that deals with the relationship of the teeth in the jaw and the correction of the position of the teeth is called ORTHODONTICS. Orthodontics aims at the correct placement of teeth which are important for the health of the organism as a whole, jaw joint, muscles and surrounding dental tissue. Properly positioned teeth in the jaw and their mutual relationships enable the even transmission of chewing force. It is easy to maintain and take care of properly positioned and straight teeth. The risk of tooth decay decreases. The risk of periodontitis and other periodontal problems is reduced. In orthodontics, there is no age limit for therapy and placement of braces.

First appointment

The first visit to an orthodontist should occur when the child is 7 years old. At that point, there will probably be no treatment needed, but it can be assumed whether and in what way treatment will be needed in the future. Early treatment can have a beneficial effect on jaw relations - it can eliminate unwanted habits, solve some speech difficulties and gain space for permanent teeth, thus avoiding tooth extraction later. It is early treatment that is a window to the child's development that has a greater range of action, prevention and prediction of the anomalies themselves of the growth and development of the jaws. This later makes it easier and shortens the patient's treatment. At the first appointment, which is free of charge, we will discuss the problem and perform a clinical examination. Impressions are taken for study models, as well as photographs of the patient (intraoral and extraoral). Bring the OPT scan (orthopantomograph) with you, and if necessary, we will send you for an additional TR (x-ray) scan, which will help us make the final decision for starting the treatment.


Mobile orthodontic appliance

We provide mobile orthodontic appliances to our youngest patients, while they are still growing and developing. They can be for only one jaw (active plates) or for both jaws (activator, bionator). The very word mobile means that patients put them in and out of their mouths themselves. In order for the treatment to be successful, the child’s cooperation and will to wear the mobile orthodontic appliance is of crucial importance. The appliance is worn 14-16 hours a day and there is a screw in it that is turned every 7 or 10 days in agreement with the orthodontist.

How should mobile orthodontic appliances be worn and maintained?

- Mobile braces must be worn 14-16 hours a day to have an effect. When they are not in the mouth, they are in a box in which you bring them when you go for a check-up with your orthodontist. Do not wear the braces to school, to sports activities or when playing. Make sure to wear it at night. During the day, wear braces while you are at home, while you are studying and watching TV... Wash the braces with toothpaste and a brush. Watch out for scale that can accumulate on it. And always keep one rule in mind: RETURN CLEAN APPLIANCES TO CLEAN TEETH!

Fixed orthodontic appliances (fixed prosthesis)

For adult patients, fixed orthodontic appliances are used. It is the best and most commonly used method of solving orthodontic problems. A fixed orthodontic appliance consists of tubes or rings that are placed on the first permanent molars (sixes), brackets that are glued to each individual tooth and arch wires that pass through the central groove on the bracket (slot). Arch wires in the slot (central groove) of the bracket can hold wire or rubber ligatures – those are conventional or classic brackets. A more modern and certainly more comfortable variant for the patient are the self-ligating braces. Such braces do not have a rubber ligature which is difficult to maintain and can accumulate food deposits. The self-ligating fixed appliance has brackets that hold the wire in the slot with a small door or a clip that opens and closes. Due to their mechanical properties, these braces reduce the total duration of therapy. Apart from this division into classic and self-ligating, there is a division into aesthetic and metal braces, as well as lingual braces, which are placed on the inner "lingual" surface of the teeth and are therefore not visible. The braces are placed on the teeth by an orthodontic specialist exclusively and they cannot be removed by the patient. Check-ups are at 4-6 weeks. Which braces will be placed depends on each individual case, the patients’ wishes, and of course the price.

How are fixed orthodontic appliances maintained?

A fixed appliance requires more time and effort because the elements (brackets) that are glued to the teeth make it difficult to properly maintain hygiene. You should brush your teeth after every meal because food gets stuck on tubes and brackets. Besides the classic brush, you can also use interdental brushes, which are small and can be used to clean the spaces between teeth and brackets. There is a large number of products on the market intended specifically for orthodontic patients. After placing fixed braces, the teeth are more sensitive and you may feel discomfort for a few days. This is completely normal and it occurs as a result of force acting on the teeth.

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