Orthodontics & Dental Braces

Orthodontics is the subfield of dentistry, which deals with prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of jaw misalignments and malocclusions. These may affect the complete chewing system with all its muscles, ligaments and joints.

Misalignments may not only affect the masticatory apparatus, but also the teeth, most of all in children, and promote the development of caries. The early detection of misalignments and their therapy in childhood are of utter importance. Young patients usually get removable braces. Fully erupted permanent teeth can be brought into the correct positions with fixed appliances (“classic” braces), which offer several possibilities and treatment options. As the teeth are firmly anchored in the bone and any movements of the teeth are caused by slow remodeling processes in the bone, this therapy usually will last one year. Severe misalignments will require a second year of treatment.

As soon as the teeth are in their ideal positions, the aim is to preserve this new brilliant smile. This is called the phase of retention. Typically, a thin wire is adhered to the inner sides of the teeth, which keeps the teeth in the desired positions.

Our specialist for orthodontics, Dr. Roxana Rominu, will be pleased to answer all your questions.

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Removable braces

Removable braces may be removed and taken out and are used for children, whose permanent teeth are not yet all erupted. All kinds of removable braces require consistent wearing and cooperation by the childen to achieve a successful therapy.

Fixed Braces

Fixed (traditional) braces are adhered to the outer surfaces of the teeth. Options:

– Outside metal brackets
– Outside ceramic (tooth-colored) brackets

In our office the therapy with fixed braces is administered over years of treatment. In many cases the therapy is already completed after one year – and will be charged as such.

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Invisible Braces (Invisalign® therapy)

Invisible braces are clear braces that displace the teeth into the desired positions. Invisible braces offer a highly aesthetic and hardly noticeable kind of orthodontic therapy for people in the thick of professional and social life.

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Do you have questions regarding Orthodontics & Dental Braces?

We would be pleased to advise you and are looking forward to your request.

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Salesianergasse 4/3
1030 – Wien

FAQs about Braces:

Do braces cause pain?

Often braces exert a pressure, in particular, when an adjustment is made or when they are just newly integrated. This sensation will go away after two to three days and is quite normal.

Do braces have any influence on pronunciation?

Usually the feeling of new braces is very unfamiliar but will vanish after a few days. However, it will take some practice to get a perfect pronunciation, in particular of S-sounds. Over the course of time, however, this will return to normal.

Which kinds of braces are recommended for adults?

For adults only fixed braces or invisible braces (Invisalign®) are recommended, as the desired therapy success cannot be guaranteed with removable braces.

What is the frequency of follow-up appointments?

Routinely, the progress of therapy is controlled every four to six weeks.

What might be the consequences of a missed follow-up appointment?

A missed follow-up appointment does not pose any problem. An alternative appointment will be arranged promptly to control the therapy success.

Can braces damage the teeth?

Brackets and the connecting wire between the teeth make daily oral hygiene difficult. Therefore, it is required to clean the teeth extensively and to have regular routine controls. When wearing braces, a prophylaxis session is recommended at least once a year.

Is an oral hygiene session recommended during orthodontic treatment?

During orthodontic treatment patients should have a professional oral hygiene treatment performed at least once a year.

Can a bracket get detached from the tooth?

Sometimes a bracket may get detached from the tooth by forces released from the braces. A detached bracket can be re-adhered and is then again fully integrated into the braces. The detachment of a bracket has no effect on the success of treatment.

What happens after the removal of the braces?

After removal of the braces the phase of retention starts. This means that the teeth are kept in the new ideal positions. For this purpose, a thin wire (retainer) is attached to the inner sides of the teeth.

Are retainers uncomfortable?

After two to three days the retainer is no longer perceptible.

Can patients freely choose between fixed and removable braces?

The choice of the best suitable form of therapy with braces is at the discretion of the attending dentist. Based on a comprehensive analysis the treatment plan is created and discussed in detail with you. For adults there is no possibility to use removable braces.

At which age are fixed braces possible?

Fixed braces are possible for children whose permanent teeth are already erupted. The last primary tooth is lost at the age of 12 or 13 . If required, therapy with fixed braces can start at this time.