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  Average price: $3,500

 Local anesthesia

  Average duration: 9 days

  Permanency: Lifelong

The orthodontic appliance is not a prosthesis because it does not replace any teeth but rather is an orthosis. The device can move one or more teeth that are not in an ideal position for multiple reasons, either in the upper or lower jaw or both at the same time.

An orthodontic appliance is fitted in order to improve chewing and phonetics, but also to make aesthetics more pleasant. Orthodontic appliances are divided into two groups. There are fixed and removable appliances.

Removable appliances consist of hooks to allow the appliance to hold securely in place and of springs or coils that allow the movement of natural teeth by exerting pressure on them. The photo above shows a fixed device based on the model of the young patient's mouth before it is placed in the mouth. The photo on the left shows a removable device.

Prosthetic and dental appliance technologists manufacture orthodontic appliances (fixed or removable) from measurements, impressions, and prescriptions from a specialist (orthodontist) or dentist.

Orthodontic problems can arise for the following reasons:

  • Genetic factors,
  • Congenital anomalies,
  • Bad breathing,
  • Suck fingers and use lollipops for a long time,
  • Early loss of baby teeth due to cavities,
  • Grinding of teeth (bruxism),

The use of orthodontics eliminates the problem of crowded teeth in teeth. By using orthodontics, teeth that are perplexed, trapezoidal, and irregular in shape can be brought back to a regular shape.

During the first few days, your teeth may be sensitive, especially if you put pressure on them or if you bite into hard food. This sensation is normal and inevitable during the period of initial tooth displacement. Subsequently, once the treatment has started well, this sensation may reappear during wire and appliance adjustments but will not last continuously between orthodontist appointments and tends to dissipate more quickly than after installation. initial devices.

If the discomfort is too great, we recommend using a mild, non-prescription pain reliever you are used to like Advil, Tylenol, or whatever you usually take for a headache.

You can also rinse your mouth with warm salted water (a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water) to reduce sensitivity until you are used to your devices.

The devices can sometimes irritate the lips, cheeks, and tongue, especially at the start of treatment.


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