As you probably know, many dentists nowadays also offer orthodontic treatments. In this article, we explain the differences between a dentist and orthodontist and show you why it is always wise to choose a registered orthodontist. An orthodontist is an expert who specialises in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of crooked teeth and facial asymmetries.
SmileDesigner is one of the few practices in the Netherlands using 3D technologies for the customisation and fitting of braces. This enables precise laboratory work to fit the brace directly onto a digital dental model, thereby avoiding the need to fit each bracket individually in the mouth of the patient.
With lingual braces, the brackets are placed on the back of the teeth, making this brace completely invisible. Each individual bracket and each individual wire is designed and custom-made by hand for the patient. Technological advances help us achieve a level of precision not seen before.
One of the most important things to do after completing your orthodontic treatment is to stabilise the end result. This will unfortunately not happen by itself as your teeth continue to shift throughout your life. A well-known orthodontist, Professor Birte Melsen, once said: “Other than diamonds, everything has to be maintained; true stability only occurs post mortem”
Did you know that young children with crooked teeth or malocclusions should be seen by an orthodontist at the age of about 7 or 8 years? Did you also know that you don’t need a referral for an orthodontist? If you answered ‘No’, don’t worry; you’re not alone! A common misconception is that you can only start orthodontic treatment once the transition from milk to permanent teeth has taken place.
A person’s smile is one of the first things we notice when we greet someone. It is how we recognise each other and how we behave towards each other. Trusting your smile can change your life for the better. That’s why it is so important to consult an orthodontist to achieve your healthiest, most attractive smile. For one, straight teeth are easier to keep clean and ensure healthier gums.
Myobrace can be used in cases of poor swallowing habits (tongue between the teeth instead of against the palate), hypotonia (reduced muscle tone) of the lips and other functional anomalies. SmileDesigner works together with several speech therapists who can offer the Myobrace trainer.
Our intake meeting with orthdontist assistant Anna was our first real insight into what was possible for J. She took a full scan of J’s teeth and together with Christina’s advice we were recommended to go with Invisalign. Whilst taking into consideration J’s sensitivity, personality and lifestyle, this seemed the choice that would suit him best.