Braces mini screw all you need to know

Braces mini screw, small screw placed in the jawbone, to enhance the effectiveness of braces. These temporary anchorage devices provide additional support, helping to move teeth more precisely and efficiently. Mini-screws are especially useful in complex cases, ensuring better alignment and improved orthodontic outcomes.

What is an orthodontic mini-screw or Braces mini-screw?

First, the dentist inserts an orthodontic mini-screw, or braces mini-screw, through the gum into the jawbone. Then, this small metal screw acts as an anchor to assist in moving poorly positioned teeth. These screws are also known as micro-screws, mini-implants, or temporary anchorage devices (TADs).

Why do I need a mini-screw?

Typically, surrounding teeth provide stable support for the force applied by braces to move poorly positioned teeth. However, this is not always possible, and sometimes the force can cause the wrong teeth to move. In such cases, a mini-screw can be used as an ‘anchor’ to help straighten your teeth and close gaps.

How will a mini-screw be placed?

  • The dentist can place a mini-screw at any time during your brace treatment.
  • Local anaesthetic is used to numb the gum. You may also be asked to use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • A hole may be drilled into the jaw first to insert the screw, or it may be gently inserted directly into the bone.
  • You may feel an odd pressure sensation as the screw is inserted.
  • The dentist sometimes uses a plastic guide to ensure they place the screw in the correct position.
  • The dentist can attach a brace to the mini-screw either immediately or during a later visit to initiate tooth movement.

Will it be painful?

  • No, the insertion of the mini-screw itself is not painful. You may experience mild discomfort in the area for 24 hours after the anaesthetic wears off.
  • If you feel any discomfort, take your usual pain relief, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Expect your teeth to feel slightly tender for 3-5 days following the adjustment of your fixed brace.

What do I need to do?

  • Gently brush around the mini-screw twice daily using fluoride toothpaste and a small-headed toothbrush.
  • Do not use an electric toothbrush around the mini-screw.
  • Avoid fiddling with it using your fingers or tongue.
  • Use a chlorhexidine mouthwash to rinse around the mini-screw twice daily for the first 5 days. • The mini-screw may feel slightly loose at first. If it becomes very loose or the brace detaches, contact your dentist immediately.

What are the risks of Braces mini screw?

There is limited evidence on the efficacy of mini-screws, but there are no major safety concerns. Success rates are over 80%. The mini-screw is usually placed between the roots of two teeth. Most remain stable during brace treatment. Possible risks include:

  • The screw may touch a tooth root during placement, which should heal without problems.
  • The screw may become loose, but it can usually be replaced in the same or a different position.
  • About 5% of screws break during insertion. If this happens, the end of the mini-screw may be left in the bone without causing problems.
  • 15-20% of mini-screws fail early and need to be replaced or removed.
  • Infection is very unlikely if you keep the area clean as advised.

How long will the mini-screw be in my mouth?

The mini-screw usually stays in place for several months while your teeth move into a better position. Once the tooth movement is complete, the dentist removes the screws.

How is the mini-screw removed?

Removal is very simple and usually does not require local anaesthetic. The gum and bone underneath will heal completely within a few days without discomfort.

What if I do not want a mini-screw placed in my mouth?

Your dentist at Smilepoint will explain various ways to straighten your teeth and close spaces. Mini-screws are often used to make brace treatment more efficient and effective. Alternative options may involve wearing headgear, extracting a tooth, or accepting gaps between teeth. Your dentist will advise you on the best approach to achieve the desired result. The final decision is yours.

How to contact Smilepoint Dental Centre for Braces and other dental services?

You can contact Smilepoint Dental Centre Holland Village: Call/ WhatsApp +65 64751028

You can contact Smilepoint Dental Centre Mapletree Business City: Call/ WhatsApp +65 60287361