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”What is an orthodontist?”
An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the straightening of crooked teeth and treating malocclusion (incorrect bite). An orthodontist, after completing dental school, studies for another three years in an approved Postgraduade Orthodontic Program.
Your orthodontist, Dr. Laspos, after dental school, specialized in Orthodontics in the College of Dentistry, University of Tennessee, Memphis (Master of Dental Science), USA. Furthermore, he is a specialist in individuals with cleft lip and palate and facial deformities.
Crooked teeth or bad bite can cause problems that are functional and aesthetical as well.
Now that you have asked for our help, we will work TOGETHER to achieve YOUR goal, a perfect bite and a super smile for a lifetime.
”A beautiful smile has no age limit!”
Early treatment can be started on certain types of teeth or jaw problems. The treatment usually begins after the four upper permanent teeth have erupted (ages 7-9).
It is necessary when:
- Upper front teeth protrude
- Lower front teeth protrude
- Upper and/or lower front teeth are crowded
- Upper and/or lower arches are too narrow
- Back teeth do not fit properly
- Thumb sucking
The purpose of early treatment is the correction of jaw problems or bad habits. The application of Dentofacial Orthopedics will correct the shape and contribute to the normal development of jaws, thus avoiding future problems.
Advantages of early treatment
- Moves the front teeth back so they’ll be less susceptible to injury.
- Improves facial appearance
- Patient is very cooperative at this age
- Patient may not need further treatment at an older age
- Improves the relationship of upper and lower jaws, allowing more normal future development
Adolescent and adult treatment
It’s never too late or too early to think about orthodontics. Today more than 30% of orthodontic patients are over 18 years of age. Crooked teeth, improper bite, overcrowding and “duck teeth” are now being corrected in many people regardless of age. The major difference between child and adult orthodontic treatment is that adult bones are no longer growing. This means that it may take a little longer for adult teeth to move into their correct position. In general, adult treatment takes between eighteen to thirty months. Adolescents and adults have more choices than ever in creating a beautiful smile. You have many options to choose from: traditional braces, clear braces, Invisaling, Incognito (lingual orthodontics). We will assist you in selecting the option that is best suited to your individual needs and your way of life.
Whether your child is just starting school or graduating from college, or if you are considering orthodontic treatment for yourself, we are at your disposal to give you all the information you need.
Our mission is to offer you a pleasant therapy, to enjoy every visit. Our promise is to give you a stunning smile that will change your life!
”Welcome to our Orthodontic Center. What is the procedure?”
Here are the basic steps of your first visit at Laspos Orthodontic Center.
Marja-Leena, Mikaella and Eftychia, the smiling ladies of the reception, will welcome you. You will introduce yourself and give them the panoramic x-rays that you were asked to bring with you. Then, you will be asked to fill out our General Information Sheet. The sheet will gather important information that is necessary for the better assessment of your oral health condition and the best planning of your treatment.
A clinical assistant will lead you into the “Orange” room. This is the Initial Visit area, where a number of photos of your face and teeth will be taken.
Once all photos are taken, they will be downloaded in our special orthodontic software programme. Then, Dr. Laspos will proceed with your oral clinical examination.
After the clinical examination is over, you will proceed to the doctor’s office, where Dr. Laspos will present you the clinical condition of your teeth, and will discuss with you the possible methods of treatment and propose the best one for your case.
Christoula Constantinidou, the Office Manager and Treatment Coordinator of Laspos Orthodontic Center, will explain everything related to the treatment Dr. Laspos already proposed to you. The exact steps of your treatment, the indicative time schedule, the cost, the ways of payment.
Remember that the success of your treatment depends on your cooperation!
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”Which are the phases of treatment?”
The treatment usually lasts between 6-12 months. A variety of appliances are used to correct specific problems.
• Braces – Placed on the upper (and sometimes lower) permanent teeth.
• Rapid Palatal Expander (Butterfly) – Worn to widen the upper jaw.
• Lip Bumper – Worn to widen the lower jaw.
• Face Mask – Worn to move the upper jaw forward.
• Functional Appliance – A removable “retainer” worn to stimulate jaw growth.
During the time between the first and second phase, the patient will visit our Orthodontic Center approximately two to three times a year.
The treatment usually lasts between 12-18 months at ages 11-13 years. During the first phase, we have no control over the 16 permanent teeth that are not erupted yet. If, after they erupt, problems still exist, further treatment will be required.
Usually lasts between 12-24 months at ages of 11 years or more
”How Teeth Move”
The pressure from your braces moves your teeth.
Nature helps the teeth loosen in order to relieve the pressure and there is a temporary discomfort while this happens. Gradually the bone makes room on the compressed side and new bone grows in, to support the stretched side. This is how the supported teeth eventually take their natural and comfortable position.
On each appointment this process is repeated. However, once your teeth have loosened from their first movement, each new adjustment is easier with minor or no discomfort at all.
Once you teeth have been placed in the right place, your retainer holds them in their new position, allowing the bony support to return to a normal and stable condition.
So teeth movement is an absolutely normal process that allows the correction of your malocclusion and gives you the opportunity for a perfect smile.
”Are your teeth too big?
Sometimes a set of teeth will appear to be in the need of a larger jaw. Other times, when teeth are too big, it looks as if there are too many in the mouth. We call this crowding and we can predict at an early age if the adult mouth will be crowded. In the case of severe crowding, permanent teeth will have to be removed. This will allow the remaining teeth to develop into a normal position.
When baby teeth are removed
If the permanent front teeth do not have enough room to erupt properly, then it is advisable to remove some of the baby teeth. This is called serial extractions.
The advantages are:
- Severe crowding and severe rotations of the front teeth are minimized
- Any chances of tooth decay and tissue damage that often occur when teeth are crowded, are reduced
Baby teeth extraction does not permanently solve the problem, nor does it eliminate the necessity for extracting permanent teeth later.
It should be noted that serial extractions can assist the alignment of teeth on each jaw separately and does not have any result on the coordination of the upper and lower jaw. Orthodontic treatment is required at a later stage, to successfully treat any improper bite.
”The parts of the orthodontic mechanism”
Stainless steel bands encircle and are cemented to the back teeth.
This is a tube or bracket that is welded to a band.
The bracket is a grooved piece attached to a band or a tooth that holds the main wire. The brackets may be metal or clear.
This is the main wire that is connected to all teeth
5. Ties or Ligatures
These are elastic or wires that hold the archwire into the bracket.
The hooks are metal extensions which are used to attach rubber bands to the braces.
The spring is placed on the archwire between two brackets. Its purpose is to push teeth next to the spring apart or pull two teeth together.
The tube is a pipe into which the archwire or headgear may be inserted.
”Palatal spreading device – “Butterfly””
A palate spreading device “Butterfly” is helpful in the following cases:
- Unsatisfactory upper jaw bone growth resulting in lack of space for teeth
- Palate is so narrow that speech is impaired
- alate is higher than normal resulting in blocking the air go through the nose. As a result, deep mouth breathing with the mouth closed is nearly impossible
How does the butterfly work?
The upper jaw is joined in the center by a joint. The “butterfly” assists this joint to be spread without pain. You may see a temporary gap develop between your two upper front teeth. This will close within only a few days. Once this has occurred, the two halves join back together and a new bone is laid down to make the jaw wider. Slight discomfort is expected for a day or two. Sometimes, about a week after the device is cemented into place, you may feel a little “itching” on the roof of your mouth. Don’t worry, this is absolutely normal as the tissues stretch and expand.
This palatal spreading device is cemented in place and the screw must be turned by you or your parents each day – usually once a day for one month. The key is inserted into the hole and then pushed all the way to the back of the throat. This will bring the next hole into view. When removing the key from the hole, try not to turn it back because this will cause the new hole not to show. After the palate has been widened enough, it is necessary to hold it so that the new bone can fill in the space. We usually keep the device in place for about six months.
The “butterfly” needs special care. Specifically:
- 1. Brush as usual
- 2. Use the soft pick to clean the space between “butterfly” and palate
- 3. Use your favourite mouthwash to complete the cleaning procedure
”Braces – Many options, one result, a perfect smile!”
The Clear Alternative to Braces!
The Invisalign benefits are excellent if you:
- Hhave crowded or crooked teeth
- have gaps or spaces between teeth
- have a large over bite (buck teeth)
- have an open bite (front teeth are apart when biting down)
- have a narrow smile
- had orthodontic treatment that is relapsing
- don’t like the appearance or discomfort of braces
- want an alternative to porcelain veneers
- have difficulty with cleaning your teeth
- play contact sports and need any of the above
Invisalign® is nearly invisible!
You can straighten your teeth as discreetly as possible. Hardly anyone can tell and you can continue to smile.
Invisalign® is removable!
You can eat and drink whatever you want during the period of receiving treatment; you can also brush and floss your teeth normally to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent the possibility of decay or gum disease. Invisalign® is comfortable. There are no metal brackets or wires that may cause mouth irritation.
Invisalign® shows you what to expect!
Enhance Dental allows you to view your own personalised computer treatment plan before you start. Therefore, you can see how straight your teeth could look and how long treatment should take.
Invisalign® can improve your dental health!
Enhance Dental allows you to view your own personalised computer treatment plan before you start. Therefore, you can see how straight your teeth could look and how long treatment should take.
Invisalign® can be great for athletes!
Wearing metal braces can be hazardous for people doing sports. Contact sport players must always wear protective gear such as mouth guards. If there is an accident to the mouth area, it can cause severe injuries to the lips and gums.
Laspos Orthodontic Center has the biggest number of Invisalign treated cases in Cyprus.
2. Lingual Braces
Lingual orthodontic treatment can be the perfect choice for the adult patient who wants to have a beautiful smile without using the conventional braces. Lingual braces are completely invisible when you smile, do not cause any change in your lip or facial contours and are as efficient as traditional braces.
Dr. Laspos specializes in using the Incognito method and certified by Incognito/3M as the top lingual orthodontist in Europe.
3. Clear Braces
Clear braces are now available. Their clear or natural colour gives them a discrete look and a very nice aesthetic result.
4. Metallic Braces
Metallic braces are the most popular. Recent improvements in metallic braces have resulted in smaller, stronger, more efficient and discreet brackets.
”Cooperation + Consistency + Mouth Care + Health Care = Quick results = Perfect smile”
Make your treatment pleasant!
It’s really up to you whether your orthodontic treatment is going to be a pleasant experience. Extra good care of your mouth is necessary during treatment. Appliances are strong enough to do their job, yet they are delicate. They will not stand unnecessary abuse or neglect. Be very careful about the type of food you eat. Keep your bands and teeth extra clean. No matter how carefully your dentist cleans your teeth, only special care at home will keep them clean.
The results of your treatment will depend upon your cooperation. The better your efforts are, the better the results will be. It’s that simple!
We can’t control your tooth brushing habits…
Your daily efforts of correct brushing will result in teeth that are not stained or decayed when the braces are removed.
We can’t control the time you wear your elastics…
Your best efforts to follow instructions carefully and consistently could make your therapy last as initially planned.
The road to a super smile is sometimes bumpy. You’ll probably run into obstacles along the way – some of them as simple as your own habits.
But when you’ve reached your goal, you’ll be proud of your SUPER SMILE – and really glad that you’ve made the trip!
Elastics (Rubber Bands)
Teeth have never failed to move when elastics are worn consistently as directed. But, when they are worn one day and left off the next, your treatment slows down or even stops. WHY? Because the tooth “jiggles” back and forth and actually sets up a resistance that virtually prevents normal movement.
Follow the instructions that you will be given strictly, and you will get better and faster results. Usually, after approximately two days, any discomfort from the elastics disappears. But if you don’t wear them in order to feel better, you have done exactly the wrong thing! Don’t forget your elastics! This is one of the most important parts of your therapy!
Nutrition, build a healthier future.
Improving your eating habits is a very important part of your orthodontic treatment. The movement of the tooth is a normal procedure. The supporting tissues around your teeth respond to gentle pressure and rebuild the supporting bone following the tooth movement. Vitamin C helps in the regeneration of the bones that are reformed during the orthodontic treatment and in the creation of collagen that surrounds your teeth. If your daily diet includes sufficient amounts of vitamin C, your gums will be healthy and strong during your orthodontic treatment. Excellent sources of vitamin C are: orange, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, strawberries, kiwi, broccoli, green and red pepper, cauliflower.
Food to avoid
Avoid eating hard foods, sticky foods and food high in sugar content. A careful orthodontic patient can probably eat almost any food and deal no damage to his or her appliance. However, these three types of food may cause trouble, as may other foods. If in doubt, ask us about the food you enjoy eating.
- Hard foods may damage the orthodontic mechanism such as bend the wires, loosen the cement under the bands or break the little brackets and tubes which are attached.
- Sticky Foods damage appliances by bending wires and pulling cement loose
- You should avoid eating food high in sugar whenever possible. If you do eat any of such food, brush your teeth immediately. If this is not possible, then always rinse you mouth with clear water after eating very sweet food.
- Don’t eat Bubble Gum – a thousand times NO!
Say NO to: Popcorn, Nuts, Peanut Brittle, Ice (not even if you’re careful), Lemons (pure lemon juice can hurt your tooth enamel), Corn-on-the-cob, Corn chips, crisp tacos, Taffy and Caramels, Fruit Fakes, Gummy Bears, etc., Pizza Crust (the hard outer edge), Carrot Sticks (cut them into small slices), apples (cut into wedges and don’t bite it), hard pieces of bread.
Correct brushing is an absolute necessity for the success of your orthodontic treatment.
When and how should you clean your teeth during your treatment?
You should brush your teeth right after you eat. When you’re away from home, we suggest you always carry the Laspos Orthodontic Pouch with you, containing your toothbrush, dental floss and soft pick. It will come in extremely handy!
- Brush back and forth and across and between the wires and gums to clean out any food that was stuck. Then, brush as if you have no braces on.
- Start on the outside of the teeth in the upper jaw holding the brush at a 45O angle toward the gum. Scrub with a circular motion, two or three teeth at a time using 10 strokes and move on. Apply the same procedure at the inner surfaces of the upper teeth. Then, go on with the outside of the lower teeth and repeat this process. Remember to direct the brush at an angle towards the gum.
- Rinse your mouth and toothbrush. Check the small spaces of teeth between the bands and gums and the space between the molar tubes and gums. The special mouth washes can be very helpful when used after the careful and thorough brushing. They are definitely not a substitute for brushing but they can remove food particles that the brush cannot reach.
- Use the mirror to check if you have missed anything. When you have finished brushing, the bands and wires should be completely clean of all food particles and any plaque. The braces should look clean and shiny.
Well, at this point, you’ve just about had it!
At the completion of the active phase of your orthodontic treatment you begin the period we call retention. To retain means to hold. In the case of your teeth, they must be retained or held in their new position until the tissues, meaning the bone, the elastic membrane surrounding the root, the gums and the tongue and lips have adapted themselves to the new teeth position. If we did not retain the teeth following orthodontic movement, they would tend to move back to their original position. Teeth have amazing memory!
The length of time the teeth must be retained varies in each individual. The average retainer period is eighteen months to two years. In most cases, some type of retainer is usually required until the third molars, or “wisdom” teeth, have erupted or have been extracted. Often the latter part of the retention period will require retainer wear only while sleeping.
While the retainer is in the mouth, it cannot not be broken and certainly cannot be lost. Find a safe place to keep it. However, should it become lost or broken, please notify our office immediately so that we can replace it as soon as possible.
Your retainer is a fixed or removable appliance designed to maintain your teeth in their corrected position.
Wearing and taking care of the retainer.
If your retainer is fixed, a wire is attached to the inside of your lower or upper front teeth.
It will remain in your mouth until your “wisdom” teeth have erupted normally or have been removed.
When brushing, be extra careful to clean the wire and the teeth. If something is bothering you or you feel that the retainer is not holding a tooth correctly, please give us a call on the same day!
If your retainer is removable, follow these “wear and care” instructions really carefully.
- The retainer should be worn for 12 hours during the first six weeks and then only while sleeping.
- The retainer’s plastic taste will disappear quickly and your speech will return to normal after two or three days of wearing the retainer.
- If you have a sore spot after three or four days, call us for an appointment.
- Clean the retainer by brushing it with toothpaste and occasionally with denture cleaner, using warm (not hot) water.
- When it’s not in your mouth, keep the retainer in the special box given to you (Do not wrap it in paper or put it in your pocket).
- Keep the retainer away from pets.
- Bring your retainer with you to each appointment. It is absolutely necessary!
The fabulous smile you now have will change your life forever! You are responsible for these exceptional results! It was your effort, cooperation, consistency, patience, along with a little help from our side, which contributed to the success of your orthodontic treatment. Well done!
We certainly have no crystal ball and we can’t predict the future, but there are certain things concerning the improvement of your teeth that we can predict. The result of your treatment is a combination of our knowledge and your excellent cooperation. There are some factors that you should have in mind for your future teeth and oral health.
If we could put teeth on a shelf, they would remain completely straight! Luckily though, teeth are there to be used. Naturally, chewing will cause some adaptive changes in your mouth, which your teeth will make so as to function in the manner that they consider best. We do not expect them to stay at the same exact place since these changes will continuously occur in your mouth. This readjustment is not a failure of your treatment but nature’s changes that we expect, just like the changes we expect in other parts of our body as we grow older.
Now that your orthodontic treatment is complete, book an appointment with your dentist for a thorough check up. Regular check-ups every six months are required to keep an excellent oral health and a beautiful smile for a lifetime. We worked together and we managed to have an outstanding result for which we are really proud. Let’s share this success with your family dentist.
You now have a gorgeous smile! Use it!