What pathologies does orthodontics deal with?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with dental and bone malpositions. In children we correct bone malpositions and help correct bad habits, and in adults we correct dental and bite malpositions in order to prevent cavities and periodontal problems.
What treatments are available as an alternative to conventional orthodontics?
Nowadays there are custom-made appliances that are completely invisible. We have the lingual appliance, which is fixed and goes inside the teeth and absolutely nothing can be seen, allowing us to go about our daily lives without getting in the way. Then we have the transparent splints, which are the Invisalign appliance that also corrects the malposition of the teeth, each splint is changed once every two weeks and is fully compatible with our daily activity. These two types of braces are just as effective as conventional braces, but they also have the advantage of esthetics and comfort. This type of technique must be performed by a specialist certified in both techniques in order to have an optimal result.
What other techniques besides orthodontics are there to correct teeth?
There are different techniques to correct and permanently align and whiten teeth. From the complete grinding of the tooth and placing e.max crowns or all-porcelain crowns, or zirconium crowns, to veneers, which have a much smaller grinding. Among them is the Lumineers veneers technique. They are ultra-thin veneers, from 0.3 to 0.5 mm, and in most cases there is no need to grind the tooth. This is very important, because there is no need for anesthesia, it is painless and, by not touching the tooth surface, we achieve that there is no sensitivity and it can be reversible. What does this mean? That in a few years, if the person gets tired, or the patient gets tired of these veneers, the veneers are simply removed and the same tooth structure is maintained. Lumineers veneers are usually placed in two appointments. The first appointment would be for an impression and picture taking where you also choose the type of smile and the type of tooth you want to wear. Always, of course, advised by the certified specialist, very important, and in a second appointment these veneers would be placed.
What are dental veneers?
Lumineers are ultra-thin veneers, 0.3 mm thick. What differentiates it from conventional veneers is that the tooth does not have to be ground, so there is no need for anesthesia, in some cases a contouring is necessary. Then there is also no need to place temporary veneers, since the tooth is not ground, there is no sensitivity because the entire structure of the enamel is respected and they are reversible. In a few years, if the patient does not want to wear them anymore, the veneers can be removed and the tooth structure is kept intact. These Lumineers veneers, as their name suggests, reflect light very well, giving a feeling of naturalness and permanent whiteness.
What is the Lumineers veneers technique like?
One of the great advantages of Lumineers veneers is the simplicity of their treatment. There is no carving, no temporaries, and no anesthesia. The first step is to choose the type of smile and whether the patient is suitable or a candidate for this type of veneers. This is always done by asking and talking to a certified Lumineers veneers specialist. Once the photographic study and the occlusion study have been done, the smile is chosen, a measurement is taken and sent to Lumineers laboratories. At the second appointment, the veneers arrive, everything is checked to ensure that everything is correct, that the smile is the one that the patient and the dentist have chosen, and then the veneers are placed. In two or three appointments a case can be completed and the patient can have a natural looking smile with permanent whiteness.