If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, you have many options. Your orthodontist will help you make the best choice for your teeth alignment, but here are the basics of each type.
are made of the stainless steel brackets and wires. New heat-activated arch wires move your teeth more quickly and less painfully as they respond to your body’s heat.
mock metal braces in shape and size, but they use tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets that blend more naturally into your teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to keep your treatment even lower profile.
use the same metal brackets and wires used in traditional braces, but the brackets and wires are installed on the inside of your teeth to keep them hidden.
consists of a series of customized, clear BPA-free plastic tray aligners that are removable and typically replaced every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving in the desired direction.
The Various Causes that result in Crooked teeth are:
Ideally Orthodontic screening by a Pedodontist (Children dentist) is recommended at the age of around 7yrs. Children can consult an orthodontist when permanent teeth start to erupt, the Pedodontist can suggest Orthodontist intervention. However ,treatment is not recommended this early. Orthodontist gives good idea of treatment that is likely to be needed, and when to begin. It is important for children to consult Orthodontist around the age of seven as orthodontic problems are corrected easily by early detection and screenings.
Orthodontic treatment can be started at an age of 12-13 years of age. You should consult an orthodontist when you have
You can consult our office for an appointment with the orthodontist.
When you first get your braces, you may require some adjustment as you feel that there is a foreign thing in the mouth.
First three days after application of braces
As your teeth begin to realign you may feel some discomfort. Wax can be placed on the braces to prevent them from rubbing against the inside of cheeks and lips. Our orthodontist will instruct you how to place wax on the braces.
After each orthodontic appointment you are likely to feel the same discomfort. Arch wires and elastic ligatures are changed periodically.
Tips for dealing with discomfort
The discomfort with these braces is inconvenient, but it is manageable and it is only for few days. Dr. Ranjit also suggests salt water rinse to relieve discomfort and swelling.
Braces normally need to be adjusted once for a month unless specified by the orthodontist or if any bracket gets loose or broken or detached.
Depending on the individual patient, and the severity of teeth alignment, the amount of time required varies, because response to the treatment is different in every case. The standard treatment time is about 18 months but in few circumstances may vary between 10-30 months.
Parents are concerned when removal of permanent teeth is required. Permanent teeth need to be removed if there is moderate to severe crowding and insufficient space in the jaw for accommodating all the permanent teeth in proper alignment. It is indicated generally when there is:
A) Excessive Crowding
B) Excessive Protrusion
C) Some Cases Of Correction Of Over Bite Or Under Bite
It is never too late to start orthodontic treatment and make your teeth straightened with braces even in adults. Braces are not just for children but for adults also. Even if you are adult and if you need braces for misaligned teeth you can get it done. However, treatment in adults takes a little more time than in children because of the quality of bone.
You can carry on with your studies and extracurricular activities as usual. You may find it little difficult at first but you will eventually get used to them in few days. While playing sports, you need to wear a mouth guard which protects the braces or appliance.
Brackets are a part of braces, and attached in the center of each tooth surface with cement.
These brackets may get dislodged if the patient bites very hard food (the food to be avoided by the Orthodontic patients) with the braces or if the mouth is hurt during any activity.
If the brackets get loose or dislodged at home
Now-a-days more adult patients are getting treated than the teenagers and children. The most popular treatment option is Invisalign, where teeth are moved into position by invisible plastic aligners. If braces are recommended by the orthodontist, there are different types of braces in which you can choose so that your appearance is not affected.
Other treatment options are:
1. Ceramic braces
2. Lingual braces
According to the patients affordability, and interest the type of braces can be choosed.
If the treatment is ignored there are two types of effects.
Serial extraction is the extraction of certain deciduous teeth and some specific permanent teeth in a sequence and pattern to guide the eruption of permanent teeth in a more favorable position. There is no fixed procedure to be followed in serial extractions. Careful diagnosis has to be done along with continuous re-evaluation. At the age of 8-9 years, deciduous canines are extracted to create space for incisors and their proper alignment, after that a year later deciduous first molars are extracted, to provide space for eruption of first premolars and finally first premolars are extracted to create space for proper alignment of permanent canines.