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Dental Orthodontic Treatment

What is Orthodontics?

It is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on prevention as well as treatment of misalignment of teeth and facial irregularities/abnormalities.

When is the best time to begin orthodontics?

An orthodontist can enhance a smile at any age, however, there is an optimal time to undergo treatment. The initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. Orthodontic treatment may not be necessary at this early age, but early evaluation can get a baseline for growth, missing teeth, and tooth eruption. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later.

What kind of dental conditions should undergo orthodontic treatment?

People with the following are advised orthodontic treatment:

  • Badly aligned teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Forwardly placed teeth
  • Overlapping of teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth

What does the orthodontist do?

An Orthodontist does a careful dental examination and analyses the kind of treatment a person may require.

What steps are followed in orthodontic treatment?

  • After the initial dental examination, a record is made before the treatment starts, which serves as a tool for the orthodontist. This includes medical history, plaster models of the teeth are studied, clinical examination, photos of teeth as well as x-rays of head and mouth.
  • Second step is to plan the treatment. This varies according to individual patient requirement. Then appliances which are to be used are put in place, this is an active phase. These appliances are periodically adjusted just to make sure that the teeth are moving in right direction.
  • Third is the retention phase in which the patient is required to wear a retainer so that teeth retain their new place/position.

What are the advantages of orthodontics?

Orthodontics can change the teeth as well as the whole facial structure. By aligning teeth one gets the correct functioning of the jaw and an attractive smile. Teeth can be cleaned easily and the chances of gum diseases are reduced moreover orthodontic treatment enhances the self confidence of an individual.

Can Adults go in for Orthodontic correction?

In fact it is mostly the adults who go for Orthodontic treatment because they want to look good and confident. There is no age bar for Orthodontic correction, though treatment at an earlier age is preferred.

What are the different types of braces and Orthodontic treatment available?

  • Metal Braces are the conventional braces that are commonly used
  • Ceramic Braces are tooth coloured braces and preferred amongst young adults.
  • Lingual Braces are braces placed behind the teeth for esthetic purposes
  • Invisalign Braces are invisible and can be removed. There are no metal brackets or wires
  • Removable retainers
  • Space maintainers
  • Habit Breaking Appliances
  • Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Smile Design & Functional Appliance Therapy
  • Adult Orthodontics

How much time is required for Orthodontic treatment?

On an average 1.5 -2 years is required but the time depends on individual need and problem.

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