Miniscrews in orthodontic treatments
Miniscrews are the new frontier in orthodontics. They help us correct previously impossible problems.
What are miniscrews?
Miniscrews, also known as mini-implants, are similar to dental implants: titanium based and screw shaped, they are put directly into the bone and are immobile. The difference is that miniscrews are smaller and they are removed at the end of treatment.
Whenever teeth are moved with braces or aligners, all teeth receive forces and they all move. When we want only some teeth to move then we use miniscrews.
Find out what else miniscrews can do!
Miniscrews as anchorage
Without miniscrews, all teeth move when braces or aligners are placed on them.
In certain cases, only specific teeth should move and this is where miniscrews come into play. They hold the teeth that should stay put while other teeth can move freely.
Perfectly in control of tooth movements, nothing is left to chance.
Moving teeth with miniscrews
Miniscrews can not only hold teeth but move them too. This is especially usefull when all teeth are supposed to go in one direction only.
Without miniscrews, teeth can either move towards each other or farther apart but always in opposite directions because of the third law of newton: to every force threre is an equal and opposite force.
We apply the opposite force on the miniscrew to avoid moving teeth in the wrong direction. This avoids major side effects and leads to a succesful treatment.
Grow bones with miniscrews
Frequent skeletal problems are a small upper jaw or one jaw too far back compared to the other. Bone anchored appliances are the key to truly correcting these problems.
Until miniscrews, hiding the problem was the only solution, teeth were moved to compensate for bone discrepancy.
Today by solving at the origin, we make the jaws fit together and the teeth come together naturally. This natural positioning has great longterm advantages: teeth are healthier and more stable in time.