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- What is Orthodontic Treatment?
- Why Should I Get Braces?
- What are the benefits of correct teeth alignment and Braces?
- What is the Cost of Orthodontic or Braces Treatment?
- What are the Different Types of Braces Available?
- At What Age Should You Get Braces?
- How to Go About Orthodontic Treatment?
- Is the Extraction of Teeth Required for Orthodontic Treatment?
- What Should a Detailed Orthodontic Treatment Plan Include?
- How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
What is Orthodontic/Braces Treatment?
Are you confident about your smile? This question usually has mixed responses because most people wished they had a more attractive, well-aligned smile. However, not everyone has well-aligned teeth to give them a perfect smile, isn’t it? Malalignment of teeth can be resolved with orthodontic/braces treatment.
Orthodontic treatment, commonly called as braces treatment, involves correction of misaligned teeth using braces. Apart from aligning teeth, orthodontic treatment helps to restore a person’s bite, the function of their teeth and aesthetics. In fact, it plays an important role in preventing dental conditions like cavities and gum diseases, that commonly occur in the case of malalignment.
Why Should I Get Braces?
Apart from aesthetics, most people are not really bothered about their crooked teeth. However, little do they know that their malaligned teeth can become a problem for their dental health. Many people wonder – “Why should I get braces? or “Do I need braces?”
Here are a few conditions that need braces:
- Overbite: When your upper front teeth overlap your lower front teeth in excess of 2mm, it is called an overbite and requires orthodontic treatment.
- Crossbite: In an ideal scenario, your upper teeth lie buccally(towards the cheek side) in comparison to your lower teeth. However, in some cases, the lower teeth overlap the upper and this condition is called a crossbite and can be corrected using braces.
- Open Bite: If your upper teeth fail to overlap your lower teeth, the condition is called an open bite and requires orthodontic correction.
- Misplaced midline: When the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth.
- Spacing: In ideal cases, adult teeth do not show spaces between them. But, many a time, due to a jaw size- tooth size mismatch or missing teeth, there is an unnatural spacing between teeth that needs orthodontic correction using braces.
- Crowding: When there is crowding of teeth, it can cause many dental issues like cavities, food lodgment, gum infections and poor aesthetics. This condition needs to be treated using braces.
- Forwardly placed teeth: Due to jaw development issues, it can result in the forwardly placed upper or lower jaw, and subsequently the teeth. If left untreated, this condition can result in many dental issues.
What are the benefits of correct teeth alignment and Braces?
Though we are not naturally born with perfectly aligned teeth, it is possible to get our teeth aligned using braces. But, what are the benefits of getting our teeth aligned?
- Efficient chewing of food
- Improvement of speech
- Improvement in dental hygiene
- Ease of maintaining good oral hygiene
- Reduced risk of cavities and gum diseases
- Reduced attrition or grinding of teeth
- Corrects protrusion of teeth, which are a higher risk of trauma
- Improves smile that helps boost confidence and self-esteem
So, dental braces are not just to improve a person’s smile or provide superior aesthetics but actually help improve oral health as well.
What is the Cost of Orthodontic or Braces Treatment?
When advised orthodontic treatment using braces, most patients worry about the cost of treatment. Orthodontic treatment cost at Sabka Dentist begins at INR 20,000 up to INR 75000, based on the type of dental braces chosen by the patient.
Different braces have different features and hence, the large range of costs that they are available at. Another factor that determines the cost of your orthodontic treatment is the individual diagnosis and treatment plan. You can check out our online pricing list for the cost of the individual braces.
What are the Different Types of Braces Available?
As mentioned above, there are different types of braces that are available for patients to choose from. At Sabka Dentist, we provide a wide range of teeth braces based on the individual’s case, lifestyle choices and budget. But how do braces work? Are they different?
There three main types of braces available at Sabka Dentist:
- Metallic Braces
As the name goes, these are metallic in nature and are of two types:
- Basic Metal Braces
These are the traditional metallic braces that have been used for many years. The orthodontists at Sabka Dentist use the top quality metallic braces to provide controlled orthodontic movements to give you a successful treatment.
- Self-Ligating Metal Braces
These are advanced metallic braces that are atleast 30% faster than traditional metallic braces. These types of braces do not need elastics and therefore, are easy to clean and maintain by the patient. At Sabka Dentist, we use the best quality of self-ligating metal braces that apply low friction and make it comfortable and convenient for the patient.
- Basic Metal Braces
- Ceramic Braces
Since the ‘metallic smile’ of the metal braces was a put-off for patients, ceramic braces were introduced. These are tooth-coloured and have far better aesthetics compared to metallic braces. These are further of two types, similar to metallic braces and have similar features.
- Basic Ceramic Braces
- Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces
These are the latest type of braces and have been introduced to make braces treatment even more aesthetic than ceramic braces. They are also called clear aligners and are essentially transparent trays that need to be worn on upper and lower teeth to bring about teeth alignment.
They are removable, invisible when worn on the teeth even at close distances and are very comfortable. These braces are customized for each patient and are manufactured using CAD/CAM technology.
While brushing and ways to floss with braces of the fixed kind can be challenging, maintaining oral hygiene with invisible braces is the easiest.
What would it be advisable for you to do after Invisalign treatment?
There are relatively few post treatment rules separated from the essential ones. You may be approached to have a check on eating hard nourishments. As a rule, you can even expel them while eating. Likewise relying upon the state of your teeth, you may need to wear them for a time of 12 to two years. Consequently consistently ensure that you keep your meeting with your dental specialist. Finding the best invisalign near you will give you the best improvement and results.
At What Age Should You Get Braces?
Many people have a misconception that dental braces are for kids. But, it is not so. Yes, the ideal age to get braces treatment is during childhood but that does not mean adults cannot get teeth braces. Any individual with healthy teeth and gums can get their teeth aligned with braces treatment.
However, orthodontic treatment is best carried out in children due to their flexible bones and continuing growth. So parents must bring their children to visit the orthodontist when their first permanent teeth erupt.
In many cases, an orthodontic problem can be prevented by a timely intervention by the orthodontist. At Sabka Dentist, we perform preventive orthodontics as well.
How to Go About Orthodontic Treatment?
In order to begin orthodontic treatment at Sabka Dentist, you must visit our orthodontist. You will be asked to report with a full mouth X-Ray and a lateral profile X-Ray for facial, dental and skeletal evaluation.
After viewing your X-rays and performing a clinical evaluation, the orthodontist will devise a treatment plan. You will also be given the treatment duration, cost and a complete quotation. Once you have understood the treatment plan and are prepared to go ahead with the treatment, your treatment will begin.
Is the Extraction of Teeth Required for Orthodontic Treatment?
What Should a Detailed Orthodontic Treatment Plan Include?
Orthodontic treatment usually occurs in two phases: Active and Retention. While the active phase of treatment involves the movement of teeth into alignment, the retention phase includes retaining the teeth in their position using a retainer. Orthodontic treatment can be performed using removal and fixed appliances and sometimes, a combination of the two is also used.
The type and approach of your orthodontic treatment will depend upon your case and the severity of the malocclusion. Each case is treated differently and appropriate appliances are chosen. These appliances are used to cause movement of teeth, refrain muscles and bring about jaw growth. Special type of appliances are used in kids to direct jaw growth and these are called as myofunctional appliances.
Your orthodontic treatment plan also includes how to handle orthodontic emergencies. Your orthodontist is well-trained to help you manage these concerns throughout your treatment if the case arises.
How Long Does Orthodontic Treatment Take?
One common question that patients ask their orthodontist after getting their braces treatment started is – “When will my braces come off?” and “Can braces be removed early?”
In most cases, orthodontic treatment takes 1.5- 2 years. However, some simple cases take less than a year to complete and the more complex cases can take 3years or longer to complete.
Patients are often excited about removing braces and once the orthodontic treatment is completed, they look forward to flaunting their new smile!
Everyone has the right to a perfect smile and orthodontic treatment using braces is the most natural way to achieve it. At Sabka Dentist clinics, we are motivated to give beautiful smiles to our patients who have multiple options of braces to choose from based on their need and budget!
Visit us today for your smile transformation!
What happens when the teeth are in the right position?
After the orthodontic treatment is done you will find the teeth in a proper position, but to give it a proper shaping, this is known as the ‘maintenance’ period, and the apparatuses that hold the teeth set up are called retainers.
The retainers hold recently fixed teeth in position while the encompassing gum and bone settles. The retainers can be removable or fixed, contingent upon the first issue.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take for braces to straighten my teeth?
The length of orthodontic treatment for a patient is determined by multiple factors, which includes the severity of malocclusion, age, health of teeth, biologic response, etc. Nevertheless, typical orthodontic treatment takes between 12 and 36 months.
Are braces painful?
Dental braces are not painful. In most cases, there might be mild discomfort after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the brackets.
With braces fixed on the teeth, one should avoid eating food that has sticky consistency or is hard enough as it can lead to the breaking of the brackets and thus delay the total treatment time.
What happens if I am not regular in my braces appointment?
If you are irregular in your appointments, then the intended time period for the completion of the treatment will be prolonged and the teeth movement will be affected.
Is it okay to get braces at age of 30?
There is no age limit for getting teeth braces done. The only consideration is that the teeth should be periodontally sound.
Can you stop Orthodontic Treatment midway?
What is the purpose of retainers after having braces?
Retention phase follows orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices that are usually made of wires and acrylic. Their aim is to hold teeth in their new position. Once the orthodontic treatment has been completed, there will remain a risk of relapse i.e. the tendency of teeth to return to their original position. Relapse can occur due to multiple factors, which includes recoil of periodontal fibers, pressure from surrounding soft tissues, the occlusion and patient’s continued growth (as seen in adolescents). By using retainers to hold the teeth in their new position for certain length of time, the surrounding periodontal fibers are able to adapt to changes in the bone which will minimize any changes to the final tooth position after the completion of orthodontic treatment. Removable retainers are only required to be worn part-time, while fixed retainers consist of passive wire bonded permanently to the lingual surface (tongue side) of incisors.
Is Invisalign better than braces?
Following are the advantages of Invisalign over Braces:
- Removable: With Invisalign, the trays can be removed, allowing you to eat and drink without food getting stuck in braces.
- Aesthetic: Clear trays may not even be noticed when the patient is wearing them.
- Comfort: Aligner trays can be more comfortable as there are no brackets involved that can otherwise create sores.
- Cleaning: It is easier to keep the Invisalign trays cleaner than braces.