Straight and gleaming teeth through the use of braces
Teeth form an important part of your appearance. Gleaming and straight teeth provide you with more self-confidence and a nice smile. Our dentists for Orthodontics focus on correcting teeth that are too far forward or crooked. They can also make corrections when there’s not enough room in the jaw, or braces can be a good solution for such problems if the teeth and molars don’t fit well together.
In our modern dental practices, you can make an appointment to see our dental orthodontists in Amsterdam. Lassus Tandartsen is the ideal choice for all your dental needs and offers some of the following advantages:
- A tailor-made treatment plan
- Personal attention
- Long opening times (including evenings and weekends)
- We treat children as well as adults
A lot of people opt for braces as they would like to have a nice smile with even straight teeth. However, it can also be important to use braces for health reasons. A jaw with straight teeth ensures you can bite well, chew, speak and smile. Some teeth’ positions can damage the gums and cause facial asymmetry and deformed jaws. It can also be necessary for your health; sometimes, its important to wear braces.
Below is a short roadmap for braces treatment.
- Intake and discussion of the individual treatment plan
- Investigation (Xrays, mouth examination, and creation of jaw and teeth models)
- Placing of the braces
- Check-ups (every 4 to 8 weeks) during the treatment period
As every mouth is unique, every client receives a custom-made treatment plan.
The purpose of the intake appointment is to give you the chance to ask questions about the possibilities. At the end of the appointment, you’ll receive a personalized treatment plan and a quotation for the cost of the orthodontic treatment you require.
During the investigation, which can also be carried out at the intake meeting, an orthopantomogram, a panoramic scanning of the upper and lower jawbone, RSP, study models, and clinical photos will be made. This will be carried out by one of our dentists for orthodontics in one of our modern facilities in Amsterdam.
During the investigation, which can also be carried out at the intake meeting, an orthopantomogram, a panoramic scanning of the upper and lower jawbone, RSP, study models, and clinical photos will be made. One of our dentists for orthodontics will do this in one of our modern facilities in Amsterdam.
Placing of braces
There are different kinds of aberrations which require specific braces. Each type of brace is placed differently. Below is an overview of the different kinds of braces:
- Invisible braces (Invisalign)
- Metal braces
- Twin-block braces
- Plate braces (it’s against the palate)
- headgear braces
The most common form of braces are metal ones. Placed on the front of teeth and molars, these are the type that most people associate with braces. Metal braces are a combination of brackets, archwires and ligature elastics. The brackets are attached to the teeth using special glue. A thin metal wire called archwire connects each bracket and ensures that each tooth or molar is guided correctly in place. Ligature elastics hold the archwire to the brackets.
After placing your braces, you will need to attend a check-up roughly once a month with a dentist for orthodontics in Amsterdam. The purpose of the check-ups is to replace worn-out elastics, check on your teeth’s progress, and adjust the wires attached to the brackets to ensure that your teeth are being pulled in the right direction.
Once the dentist for Orthodontics decides that the treatment is complete, your braces will be removed. After that, the retention phase begins. It’s possible that your teeth might still move after the braces treatment. To ensure that the results achieved remain, we place a retention brace. This prevents your teeth from returning to their position before the treatment. Retention braces come in numerous sorts and sizes. There are both fixed and removable retention braces. The dentist for orthodontics will decide which retention braces are necessary for you.
What causes crooked teeth and molars?
The form of teeth, molars and jaw bones are partly inherited. Also during the growth period, certain habits can change the form and the condition of teeth and molars. For example, thumb sucking or pressing the tongue against teeth on a regular basis.
Are braces painful?
After the placing of braces, you might find that your teeth will be a little sensitive for the first few days. We advise you to eat soft food if that’s the case. You may experience soreness of the cheeks and lips in the first week after the placing of your braces. You can use dental wax to cover parts of the braces that feel sharp. This will be given to you by the dentist orthodontist after the placing of the braces.
During the regular checkups, the dentist orthodontist may decide to adjust the braces, it could be that your teeth will feel sensitive for a few days after the adjustment.
Is it possible to eat everything with braces?
It’s best to avoid hard or sticky food. The braces can be damaged by hard food and it’s difficult to remove sticky substances from the brackets and wires.
Can I do sport when wearing braces?
With fixed braces, you can continue to do sport. If you have removable braces such as twin block braces we advise you to remove them before doing any kind of sport.
What should I do if a wire becomes loose?
There’s a chance that after some time that a wire might become loose. We ask you to contact us as soon as possible to plan an appointment. This will allow us to quickly resolve the problem and have the braces functioning optimally again.
The cost of braces
Below is a list of costs associated with a braces treatment.
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Reimbursement from Health Insurers
The braces treatment is not covered by the standard mandatory health insurance in the Netherlands. In very special cases, health insurers will reimburse the costs, but this is mainly in the case of congenital facial defects or serious aberrations in the conditions of teeth and jaws.
If you have supplementary dental insurance, then treatment for braces is reimbursed in most cases. We advise you to contact your health insurer and discuss the treatment plan we’ll provide you. This way, you’ll be fully aware of any costs that you may incur directly that won’t be covered by your health insurer.
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