Mild and medium misalignments - what does that mean in concrete terms?
Dear practice team,
Aligners are a tried and tested tool for correcting mild to moderate tooth misalignments. But what does that mean in concrete terms? Which misalignments can be treated easily and effectively with aligners? Which not? And above all: Which cases are suitable for practitioners with little experience? Which are better to be referred to an orthodontist?
An example from practice
Ms. M., 41 years old, a sales consultant with daily customer contact, felt uncomfortable and insecure when she smiled because of her misaligned teeth. Tooth 12 and 22 were rotated and (slightly) outside the dental arch. 11 and 21 were tilted palatally. 11 and 21 should be straightened up, 12 and 22 rotated and thus integrated into a harmonious row of teeth.
How did the treatment go? Teeth 11 and 21 were clearly erect after just 8 weeks. The rotation of the 2 series had started. The treatment was completed after five months. 12 and 22 were slightly rotated, 11 and 21 straightened and thus optimally integrated into the maxillary dental arch. The patient was very satisfied.
Rotated teeth, gaps & crowds are good ways to get started
The case described shows that correcting twisted or crooked teeth is a good and promising introduction to the subject of aligners. If you have little or no experience, treatments in the range 5 to 5 are generally recommended. Cases that go beyond jaw indication group 3 (e.g. Angle Class I with crowding) should be avoided at least at the beginning.
Here the orthodontic takes over
Diastema over 6.0 mm, crowding over 6.0 mm, expansions or distalizations over 1.5 mm as well as Angle Class III should be treated by a colleague in orthodontics.
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