Orthodontics is a special discipline of dentistry concerned with
aligning the teeth and jaws to improve one's smile and oral health.
A dentist usually recommends braces to improve the person's physical
appearance. Through orthodontic treatment, problems like crooked
or crowded teeth, bites, incorrect jaw position and disorders
of the jaw joints are corrected.
age for braces?
Orthodontic treatment can be done at nearly any age. An ideal
time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age.Braces
aren't just for kids. More and more adults are also wearing braces
to correct minor problems and to improve their smiles.
kind of braces will I have to wear?
Your dentist will know what appliance is best for your particular
problem, but the patient often has a choice. Braces most popular
type are brackets, metal or plastic,ceramic that are bonded to
teeth and are far less noticeable. Wires are used to move the
teeth to the desired position.
long will I have to wear braces?
That depends upon your particular problem and treatment plan.
The more complicated your spacing or bite problem is, and the
older you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually. Most
patients can count on wearing full braces between 18 and 30 months,
followed by the wearing of a retainer for at least a few months
to set and align tissues surrounding straightened teeth.
treatment be uncomfortable?
The interconnecting wires are tightened at each visit, resulting
in mild pressure on the brackets or bands to shift teeth or jaws
gradually into a desired position. Your teeth and jaws may feel
slightly sore after each visit, but the discomfort is brief.
I have to avoid any foods or personal habits?
Yes. Any food that can bend wires or stick to the teeth. Cut down
on sweets, chips and popcorns. Sugary and starchy foods generate
acids and plaque that can cause tooth decay and promote gum diseases.
hard foods like carrots or apples into smaller pieces. Sticky,
chewy sweets like caramel can cause wire damage and loosen brackets.
No hard and crunchy snacks like Pizzas etc that can break braces,
including popcorn, nuts and hard candy.
about home care of my teeth with braces?
With braces, oral hygiene is more important than ever. Braces
have tiny spaces where food particles and plaque get trapped.
Brush carefully after every meal with toothpaste and a soft-bristled
toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and check your teeth in the mirror
to make sure they're clean. Insufficient cleaning while wearing
braces can cause enamel staining around brackets or bands.
will provide my orthodontic treatment?
Your family general dentist is responsible for coordinating your
dental treatment, and this could encompass any orthodontic treatment
plan, including diagnosis, examinations and some orthodontic procedures.
Our visiting "orthodontist"-a specialist trained in
the development, prevention and correction of irregularities of
the teeth, bite and jaws and related facial abnormalities will
take care of planning, putting and regulating braces as required.
and Interceptive Treatment
your child has a problem that requires attention, your orthodontist
may recommend interceptive treatment. Early intervention, which
takes advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption, can lessen
the severity of a problem, and it frequently makes the completion
of treatment at a later age less time consuming and less expensive.
treatment may be beneficial in: