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When do I need to see Orthodontist?
You need to see us to treat the following concerns or problems:
• Crooked teeth
• An improper bite
• Excessive teeth grinding
• Tension on gum tissue caused because of improper bite
• Uncomfortable smile
• Wrong alignment of teeth, lip and jaw
• Overcrowded teeth
• Teeth clicking
• Damage to prominent teeth
At what age should I have orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is suitable to both, children and adults. Many people still think orthodontic treatment is for children, but the fact is you are never too old to visit an Orthodontist. In case of children, having the right number of teeth is more important than age. Before starting treatment of a children, it is necessary to see if there are enough teeth.
How does the orthodontic treatment start?
The first most important thing is to have a full examination. This will usually involve looking at your teeth and taking x-rays. Our orthodontist will then discuss the type of braces most suitable for your condition. The treatment will start as soon as you decide to go ahead.
Will I need to have teeth taken out to make room?
In a situation where you have overcrowded teeth and there is not enough room for all of them, you may need to have some permanent teeth taken out to make space. Our dental team will tell you if this is the case. Sometimes space can be made using other forms of treatment to save your permanent teeth.
What are invisible braces?
Invisible Braces are tough, clear plastic aligners that are used to straighten teeth. They are made from clear plastic; therefore they are nearly invisible. These aligners need to be worn for roughly 22 to 23 hours a day for the desired results. They can be removed for eating, brushing, and for cleaning in between your teeth.
What needs to be done after treatment is over?
After your orthodontic treatment is complete, there remains a possibility that your teeth may move back towards their original position. This is called relapse. To stop this, happen our orthodontist may use retainers, which are special braces used to keep your teeth in the correct position. Duration of retainers to be worn differs from patient to patient, depending on individual condition.
Retainers are available as removable and fixed, having their own advantages and disadvantages. Our orthodontist will help you choose the best for you.
Will it hurt?
All appliances may feel awkward at first and can cause discomfort for first few days or few weeks. If the problem doesn't go away, our orthodontist will be able to carry out adjustments to help.
Can orthodontics damage my teeth?
There are chances your teeth gets damaged if you don't look after them properly during treatment. The damage is not caused by the braces, however poor cleaning and too many sticky or sugary foods, and drinks can cause damage to your teeth. Brackets and wires will trap food - this will cause more plaque than usual if cleaning of teeth is not done thoroughly.
How do I care for my brace and teeth?
It is important to keep your teeth checked regularly by the dentist while you on orthodontic treatment. Apart from that you need to be more careful on these things:
Clean your teeth carefully every day. Our dental team can help you by explaining cleaning techniques depending on the type of brace you are wearing.
Cut down consumption of sugary foods and drinks as much as possible, as they build plaque quicker than other food items.
Be careful while taking sticky and hard foods as they may damage your brace.
Brush your teeth at night just before you go to sleep. Our dental team may recommend a fluoride toothpaste, or a fluoride gel or mouth-rinse, depending on the type of brace you are wearing.