Greetings, this week, we will try to talk about what needs to be done after the end of orthodontic treatments.
As it is known, orthodontic treatment is a long and demanding treatment for both the patient and the physician. While improvements in the teeth and jaw are achieved with patience and meticulousness, in some cases, some loss may be lost through negligence or carelessness.
First of all, after each orthodontic treatment, a process called reinforcement treatment is started. As the name suggests, this process is carried out to preserve the final state. It is a process that tries to protect the teeth and jaws in their current position, not straightening them.
It can be applied using fixed or mobile appliances according to the requirements of the treatment. Patient cooperation is extremely important, especially in removable appliances, as the effect of the treatment directly depends on the use of the patient. The fact that patients do not use the given appliances properly or do not come to their appointments regularly will increase the risk of encountering problems.
Unlike these, another issue that I would like to mention about after orthodontic treatments is related to the auxiliary treatments that should be done after the end of the treatments. Especially in the adult patient group, deformities such as abrasions or breaks due to faulty contacts are encountered in the teeth over many years in people with crowding or closing disorders. These conditions are not noticed when the teeth are on top of each other and do not cause discomfort. However, after the orthodontic treatment process, when all the teeth come to the correct positions, all these deformities in the teeth occur. For this reason, patients should be ready for the supportive aesthetic treatments that should be done at the end of orthodontic treatment in such cases. The treatments that can be done in these cases are a wide range of treatments, from small fillings to laminated porcelain restorations or simply bleaching. Within the scope of aesthetic dentistry applications, it may sometimes include gingivectomy or additional treatments.