Orthodontic treatments aim to achieve better function and aesthetics of the teeth. In addition, straightening the teeth makes it easier to keep them clean. However, there are also risks associated with orthodontic treatment:

Insufficient oral hygiene

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums), permanent white or brown discolouration of the teeth (decalcification) and even cavities can occur if the teeth are not cleaned properly during treatment. With any brace other than those using brackets, brushing twice a day for 2 minutes a day is sufficient. With brackets in the mouth, we recommend brushing with an electric toothbrush for 5 minutes three times a day (for single-jaw brackets: 3.5 minutes).

Root resorption

During braces, the roots of the teeth may become more obtuse or shorter. This is called root resorption and also occurs in people who have not had braces. There is still little known about root resorption and its exact cause. It is more likely to occur in teeth that have blunted roots prior to treatment, that have been loosened by a blow or impact, and in nail-biting. Avoid nail biting, which is very likely to be more common. It is more common in braces treatments where teeth have to be moved over large distances, for example, if large teeth have to be extracted. However, even in this case, it is not the case that a tooth is necessarily loose or lost. During the orthodontic treatment, we keep an eye on the situation using X-ray images that are taken during all orthodontic treatments.


Teeth have a tendency to slide back to their original position after orthodontic treatment. This is called relapse. To prevent this from happening, wires will be placed behind the front teeth and/or retainers after the orthodontic treatment is complete. Wear the retainers properly. Even after growth has ceased, tooth movement is still possible.


At the start and during braces, the orthodontist and assistants will give instructions to make the treatment as smooth and comfortable as possible. Please follow these instructions to minimise the risks mentioned above. Damage and/or loss of the braces, poor oral hygiene, failure to keep appointments and/or payments on time or at all could all negatively affect the duration and outcome of the treatment. Also, always inform us about any changes in health or the use of medication.


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In conclusion, we are looking forward to a pleasant cooperation with the aim of achieving a beautiful and healthy smile!