What is a Specialist Orthodontist?

    An Orthodontist is a dentist who, after graduation, attended a 3-year specialization school in Orthodontics, devoting himself/herself exclusively to the study of malocclusions and orthodontic treatment of adults and children.
    Not all Orthodontists are necessarily specialized and, therefore, cannot be defined as Specialists.
    Dr. Elettra Chisci has obtained the title of Specialist in Orthodontics at the School of Specialization of the University of Ferrara and constantly follows refresher courses to ensure the most appropriate therapies and to deepen the different techniques of Orthodontics.

    At what age do you wear the brace?

    Malocclusions can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age.
    Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if treated early, therefore before the growth is over or all the teeth have fallen out: it is therefore recommended to have the first orthodontic check between 5 and 7 years of age.

    Are mobile or fixed braces better?

    There are no better braces than others, each patient based on age and malocclusion must be evaluated to decide which is the most suitable orthodontic therapy and, therefore, which brace is more effective to treat his problem.

    Is it really necessary to take x-rays before putting on the brace?

    Yes, it is necessary to take x-rays before starting orthodontic therapy, fortunately with modern digital x-rays the dosage is extremely low.
    The radiographs that are taken before starting orthodontic therapy are the telecranium and orthopanoramic; these together with the photo and the impressions are used by the Orthodontist to study the case and to thoroughly evaluate the patient’s malocclusion.
    Even in children it is essential to take x-rays: the orthopanoramic is used to verify that there are no problems with eruption of some teeth, that there are no extra teeth or other pathologies and information that cannot be seen at a simple examination.
    The teleradiography is used to understand the type of growth of the patient and therefore to make the therapeutic choices that guide it in the correct direction.

    Is it true that fixed braces cause cavities?

    cavities is a pathological process that occurs when bacterial plaque attacks the tooth enamel due to lack of hygiene.
    This process, if you do not brush your teeth well and do not carry out checks and oral hygiene sessions, can affect the teeth of those who have braces as well as those who do not.
    Orthodontic braces do not cause decay or staining of the teeth, it is the lack of hygiene that causes these problems.
    Those who have a fixed brace must have greater care and attention to dental hygiene because food and plaque can also accumulate around the brace.

    Can I have my teeth cleaned if I have fixed braces?

    Of course, there are no contraindications to hygiene during orthodontic treatment, indeed it is strongly recommended to do it to prevent plaque from accumulating between the teeth and the brace.
    In our Center, patients who wear the brace are also followed by the hygienist with professional hygiene sessions and fluoride applications aimed at minimizing the risk of tooth decay or pigmentation.

    Does the brace hurt?

    There is usually a transient adaptation phase of 5/7 days during which the new device can create some transient discomfort.
    The most common complaints due to the presence of an orthodontic brace are a slight sensation of soreness or pressure on the teeth, a slight increase in salivation and the presence of some small aphthae: the orthodontist, depending on the type of brace, will recommend some useful tools to relieve the discomfort and eventually will indicate an anti-inflammatory medicine.

    Why do I have to wear a retainer at the end of the orthodontic treatment?

    Teeth can move throughout life even after orthodontic therapy. This is why it is important to maintain the result obtained after a long journey.
    The maintenance braces can be fixed or mobile, it will be the orthodontist who followed the patient during his/her therapy to decide which is the most suitable device.