Since growth and the eruption of permanent teeth are totally individual, there is no exact age to start wearing the appliance.
In this particular phase, it is important to cooperate with other specialists, such as speech therapists, osteopaths and otolaryngologists because the union of different approaches allows us to reach the most complete and final correction of any functional alteration.
Therefore, interceptive orthodontics is fundamental to arrange a correct relationship between dental arches and allows us to create suitable spaces for the dental alignment, eliminating those muscular disorders which can obstruct future orthodontic treatments.
The orthodontic contention is necessary at the end of the orthodontic treatment to stabilise the work done and should be worn according to the orthodontist´s prescriptions. It is generally worn for 3 years
The panoramic radiograph gives an overall view of the two arches, excluding other parts which do not interest us. It enables us to observe teeth, their growth, the presence of supernumerary elements, crowdings or lack of dental elements, roots and possible deformities. It informs us on pathologies such as granulomas, cysts and fractures. Temporomandibular joints highlight asymmetries.
Teleradiography is a lateral radiography of the skull, fundamental to have a detailed view on dental structures and skeletal support bases (maxillaries). It allows the orthodontist to analyse relationships of reciprocity and position, dentition and maxillaries compared to the craniofacial context. The cephalometric analysis of the skull through teleradiography gives us the chance to analyse the balance of teeth and jaws position in relation to the face, soft tissues and bone structures.
CAT (or computer-assisted tomography) is essential in some complicated cases. It is a high precision X-ray exam made up of many three-dimensional images obtained from the computer-data processing of various frames of thin body layers.
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