Braces / Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic Treatment

What is orthodontic treatment?

It is a dental treatment to correct your crooked teeth or jaw problem. It is generally conducted over a period of 18 months to 36 months, and will depend upon the severity of your teeth alignment.

When should you begin your treatment?

Generally, the treatment begins at the age of 10 to 14 years old when all your adult teeth have come through or about to come through. But sometimes dentists might advise that you to start the treatment early to redirect your jaw growth if the jaw is the cause of the problem for crooked teeth. Patients can however start orthodontic treatment any age even adults also can get orthodontic treatment

There are two main types of orthodontic treatment

  1. Conventional Orthodontics (Braces)
  2. Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Custom designed series of removable aligners worn by the patient 20 hours a day, to correct your crooked teeth.
That is every 2 weeks you change to a new set of aligners with the supervision of the dentist to align your teeth.
These aligners are nearly invisible and very comfortable

Possible complication

Soon after the first visit of teeth separators (rubber band used to separate the teeth ), you might feel very uncomfortable or experience pain. This is because it is the first force that the teeth experience. Sometimes patients find it difficult to chew or close their lip in the first few weeks after the placement of the braces, but generally within a few weeks lips and gums will get used to it. Very rarely teeth can become non-vital due to the orthodontic force and if so may need root canal treatment. Additionally, Brackets might come off during the course of treatment if you chew on hard or sticky foods. So dentist will ask you to avoid all the hard and sticky food during the course of treatment.