Why are orthodontic mini-implants used?

orthodontic mini-implants

Miniimplants are often used in orthodontics. However, many patients do not know exactly what they are used for, as well as the scope of their applications. So let's find out what orthodontic mini-implants are, as well as for what purposes they are used. We cordially invite you to read on and learn more about this subject.

What are orthodontic mini-implants?

These components are used to achieve precise tooth offsets, or tooth groups. They get their name from their small size, ranging from 0.5 to 2.5 mm (thickness) and from 7 to 13 mm in width. As for use, on the other hand, orthodontic mini-implants are screwed into the jawbone or mandible for orthodontic treatment.

Importantly for patients, they are made of biocompatible titanium alloys. This makes them integrate well with implants of nearby tissues, so they are completely safe. On the other hand, due to their small size, it is possible to place them in bones without incising the mucosa, which minimizes the risk of infection.

What are the advantages of orthodontic mini-implants?

One of the main advantages is their low invasiveness. As a result of their use, the level of tissue traumatization is much lower, especially compared to traditional dental implants.

Another advantage is that orthodontic mini-implants are easy to insert, but also easy to remove. The implantation itself additionally does not take much time, and does not negatively affect the aesthetics of the patient's face. They also offer the possibility of use in the case of the lower dental arch.

The use of orthodontic mini-implants in practice

These elements have a well-defined use. Sometimes they avoid surgical treatment or even the wearing of braces. They also make orthodontic treatment go faster, to the benefit of the patient. This is because they become an anchor through which, for example, extractions can be fixed. They can also be used to reduce treatment time, and by up to 30%!

Other examples of applications include:

  • Treatment of complex malocclusion,
  • The risk that other treatments may lead to loss of anchorage,
  • With sparsity and crowding of teeth.

However, it is always the orthodontist who decides on the use of orthodontic mini-implants.

Is the implantation of a mini-implant painful?

A very important piece of information for the patient is that he or she receives local anesthesia, prior to the implantation of this element. However, it happens that after the procedure some pain is felt, for which it is best to reach for generally available preparations available in pharmacies. In order to minimize possible problems, it is also advisable to refrain from eating hard foods, at least for a few days after implantation.

On the other hand, at later stages, it is important to prevent inflammation from occurring. So do not touch the orthodontic mini-implant with your hands. You also need to clean the area after every meal, preferably with brushes designed strictly for this purpose. However, an electric brush should not be used for this purpose.

What about the removal, on the other hand? As we mentioned earlier, it is not difficult. The wound also heals quickly, although, of course, it is important to remember to maintain special hygiene rules to avoid infection. The patient should be informed by the orthodontist in charge of such hygiene.

On our site you will also check orthodontic treatment systems, tailored to different types of malocclusion and patients' budget.
As you can see, orthodontic mini-implants have a number of applications . However, they are used only when absolutely necessary and can bring tangible, positive results. We also use them for our medical practice, so to learn more, we cordially invite you to contact us directly.