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Orthodontics

Braces are retainers, bonded brackets, arch wires and elastic bands that move crowded or spaced teeth into a “normal” position appearance, prevention and function. Patients with poorly aligned teeth tend to have much more tooth decay, gum disease and jaw joint problems. Recently invented brackets and new techniques make orthodontic treatment faster and more comfortable than ever.

Benefits of Orthodontics

  • Reduce the risk of injury – prominent teeth are more prone to trauma
  • Reduce the risk of decay – crooked teeth are harder to clean
  • Reduce the risk of developing TMJ problems
  • Eliminate the excessive wear on your teeth that can be caused by a poorly aligned bite
  • Straight teeth provide a healthier, more attractive smile
  • A beautiful smile increase your confidence self-esteem

Type of Braces

  • Metal Brackets
  • Ceramic Brackets
  • Colored Bonds
  • Invisalign

Orthodontics FAQs:

Q. At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

A. Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics, because healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. All children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult.

Q. What causes orthodontic problems (malocclusions)

A. Crowding, over jet or protruding upper teeth, deep overbite, open bite, spacing, cross bite, under bite or lower jaw protrusion

Q. How long will orthodontic treatment takes?

A. In general, active treatment with orthodontic appliances(braces) ranges from one to three years. Interceptive , or early treatment procedures, may take only a few months. The actual time depends on the growth of the patient’s mouth and face, the cooperation of the patient and the severity of the problem. Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others. Use of rubber bands and/or headgear, if prescribed by the orthodontist, contributes to completing treatment as scheduled.

Q. What are the orthodontic study records?

A. Diagnostic records are made to document the patient’s orthodontic problem and to help determine the best course of treatment. As orthodontic treatment will create many changes, these records are also helpful in determining progress of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, plaster study models of the teeth, photos of the patient’s face and teeth, a panoramic or other X-rays of all the teeth, a facial profile X-ray and other appropriate X-rays. This information is used to plan the best course of treatment, help explain the problem, and propose treatment to the patient and/or parents.

Q. How do braces feel?

A. Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three days. Patient’s can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache. The orthodontist will advice patients and/or their parents what, if any, pain relievers to take. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.

Q. Do teeth with braces need special care?

A. Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will required extra trips to the orthodontist’s office.

Q. How important is patient cooperation during orthodontic treatment?

A. Successful orthodontic treatment is a “two-way street” that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if the patient consistently wears the forces to the teeth, such as rubber bands, as prescribed. Patients who do their part consistently make themselves look good and their orthodontist look smart.

Q. What does a retainer do?

A. The dental retainer keeps your teeth in perfect alignment after braces are removed so you keep an excellent smile as your mouth grows?

Q. How long should I use my retainer?

A. You need to wear your retainer 24 hours a day for at least a year after your braces are removed. Then continue to wear the retainer a few nights a week until you are 24 yrs old and stop growing.



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