Orthodontic mini-implants are small (from 6 to 12 millimeters) titanium ‘screws’ that support orthodontic treatment. These ‘screws’ are used in patients to strengthen the anchorage of teeth or in patients who have missing teeth. Treatment with orthodontic mini-implant allows optimal positioning of the teeth, which can not be achieved using a fixed appliance.
Orthodontic mini-implants are most commonly placed in the bone between the roots of the teeth or palate. Generally, however, they are so versatile that they can be used in different areas of the oral cavity and at various stages of orthodontic treatment. Because of the qualifications and experience of an orthodontic specialist, he puts the mini-implant in place.
The orthodontist informs the patient how long the use of mini-implants will be required. It may happen that the mini-implants will be required only for a few months, or will be used throughout the entire period of orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic mini-implants can come loose during treatment or even fall out. Therefore, patients should avoid poking or jerking the mini-implant when brushing your teeth. If the mini-implant loosens or falls out, do not to panic, but immediately contact your orthodontist.