Orthodontics are used to align the teeth perfectly, giving the patient an ideal smile, which helps facial symmetry and the facial profile of a person. Proper positioning of the teeth also permits better mastication and reduces gum inflammation.
Orthodontics has two fundamental objectives. The first is to improve the aesthetics of a person’s smile. The second is to improve the bite to achieve ideal positioning of the teeth upon closure. This reduces inflammation of the gums, reduces exposure of teeth roots, helps preserve teeth and reduces the harmful effects of night-grinding, while improving mastication.
When the first objectives of form and function are are met, orthodontics is considered a success. Treatment begins with panoramic and cephalometric x-rays of the patient, where we plot the measurements of the teeth in relation to the base of the skull. These measurements must meet the theoretical ideal values during the treatment.
Our Lima dental clinic offers four methods to align teeth:
- Fixed Orthodontics
- Orthognathic Surgery
Invisalign Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a system that uses clear, removable retainers to align teeth. Invisalign is great alternative to traditional orthodontics.
What are the advantages of Invisalign?
Invisalign uses clear mouthpieces, so no one will know you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Invisalign’s mouthpieces are also removable, resulting in increased convenience and comfort for the patient. Lastly, as with most of our treatments at our Lima dental clinic, with Invisalign we are able to demonstrate, by means of computer software, how your teeth and smile will look afterward treatment is completed.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Invisalign can be used in the great majority of cases to correct malocclusions.
What is the procedure for Invisalign?
During the initial visit we will take impressions and send these impressions to Invisalign. Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology we will transform your bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. Depending on your treatment plan, you will have from 12 to 48 different aligners. You’ll wear each set of aligners day and night for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. The patient will visit us only about every 6 weeks to ensure that for checkups, however, this is not necessarily required.
How long does Invisalign treatment last?
Depending on the complexity of the treatment, Invisalign treatments typically last from 7 to 14 months.
What are the costs of Invisalign?
In the US, for example, Invisalign can cost $10,000 or more. At our Lima, Peru dental clinic we are able to offer significant savings on Invisalign. Invisalign prices are comparable to braces and vary according to the complexity and length of the treatment. Contact us and our orthodontists will be happy to discuss with you whether Invisalign is right for you.
A treatment that uses metal or sapphire ceramic braces that adhere to the teeth to provide correct alignment. These braces are smaller than conventional braces and utilize a high-precision modern system of torques and angles for each individual tooth.
A treatment done from 5 years of age, which achieves the correct alighment of the jawbones, avoiding deviations or asymmetries.Orthopedics achieves a perfect profile in children, which in many cases avoids future orthodontic treatments, extractions, and orthognathic surgery. Orthopedics are only effective up until 10 to 12 years of age. The sooner our cosmetic dentists can identify the need for orthopedics at our Lima dental clinic, the more effective the treatment.
Used when the bones of the jawbones do not have proportional size; it will result in better facial aesthetics and symmetry.