Orthodontic treatment includes the straightening of teeth so that the child can chew food properly and take care of his/her teeth and gums more easily. Braces are a commonly used treatment option to straighten malaligned or crooked teeth and also to close gaps between teeth. Braces also improve your smile and boost your confidence.
Types of Braces
Self Ligating Metal braces
Metal Brackets are the appliances that are attached to the teeth and help in achieving the proper alignment of teeth. Metal braces are the tried and tested method for teeth straightening, correcting the alignment of teeth and facial asymmetries.
Ceramic brackets are similar to metal brackets, but these are tooth-colored rather than gray or metallic thus less noticeable or hardly visible.
Lingual Braces ( Hidden Braces)
These hidden braces are placed behind the teeth, so they are invisible from the outside, unlike traditional braces. The Lingual Braces System is 100% customized to the shape of your teeth and for your individual treatment needs. The custom brackets and robotically bent wires work together to efficiently straighten your teeth with minimal discomfort.
Clear Invisible Braces
Invisible braces or clear aligners are clear, removable custom-fit trays to teeth to correct position with minimal discomfort. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, minimally invasive, and have no discomfort. Invisible braces have no brackets to come off or wires to break or injure gums. Clear aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, and special occasions, making it easier to brush and floss.
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Why does my child need Braces?
Malaligned teeth are more susceptible to oral health problems and also prevent your child from maintaining good oral hygiene. Gaps in between teeth may lead to food lodgement and tooth decay. Proper alignment is needed for good oral functioning.
What is the right age to start the treatment?
The suitable age to get Braces is usually 12-13 years. By this time all the permanent teeth erupt and the child's jaw & mouth are still growing leading to better treatment outcomes.
What are the treatment options for Braces?
There are Metal, Ceramic, Lingual and Clear Options available. Braces consist of various bands, wires, loops, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances. An orthodontist (Braces specialist) will examine the kid and depending upon his/her oral & radiological examination and study models, definitive treatment will be planned.
Does it require the extraction of teeth?
Yes, it might require the extraction of some teeth, but it is not the same for all. Braces treatment is customized according to the person. No one treatment method works for everyone.
How much time is needed for braces?
Braces usually need 12-24 months for complete treatment. Ortho treatment requires a monthly visit to the dental clinic.
Which braces are better?
There are Metal Braces, Ceramic braces, Lingual braces, and clear braces. All types of braces have the same treatment outcome. You can discuss with our orthodontist the type of braces and treatment options.
Do I need to change dietary habits?
Foods such as caramel, gummy candies, popcorn, and nuts, are good to avoid, as they can become lodged in the braces themselves. You need to make sure to visit a dental professional for any subsequent check-ups and regular appointments with your orthodontist for adjustments to your braces.
How to maintain oral hygiene with Braces?
Common dental practices, such as daily brushing and flossing, should be maintained. Consider using a proxabrush - a small interdental cleaning device - to help you clean those hard to reach areas around your braces and orthodontic wires. When flossing, always use dental floss that is waxed to prevent it from getting stuck between your braces.