Typically, specialists recommend the beginning of a treatment only after come common problems such as carious lesions have been resolved. This is because orthodontic treatment may cause damage and the potential risk should be outlined. Patients also have their role in the process and they must be instructed about how to maintain a proper oral hygiene during the treatment, to protect their teeth as much as possible.
Orthodontics may cause damages to both soft and hard tissues, especially if adequate safety measures are not taken during the treatment. An efficient treatment is the one in which the advantages outweigh the potential damages.
The risks in orthodontic treatment can be divided in three categories:
- Intra-oral risks
- Caries or enamel demineralization
- Enamel trauma
- Enamel wear
- Pulpal reactions
- Root resorption
- Periodontal tissues
2. Extra-oral risks
- Allergy to nickel present in some orthodontic appliances. The risk can be eliminated by using a sticking plaster over the area in contact with the skin.
- Allergy to latex or other bonding materials
- Profile damage
- Systemic Risks
- Cross infection
- Infective endocarditis
Even if there are potential risks associated with orthodontic treatment, severe damage is very rare and a Centennial / High Ranch orthodontist should have the means to minimize damages. Consider meeting with experts found at comfortdental.com/orthodontist-centennial-co/ to see how they can provide you with the best possible orthodontic results.