What is "orthodontics," and why do people get braces?
Orthodontics is the discipline in dentistry where crooked teeth are aligned properly. The end result is a beautiful smile!
When is the right time for braces?
Orthodontics can be done at any age, even for adults. An ideal time for placement of braces is between 10 and 14 years of age, while the head and mouth are still growing and teeth are more accessible to straightening.
What kind of braces will I have to wear?
Generally there are two types of brackets that are placed on the teeth. The traditional metal type or the white ceramic or plastic type. Invisible, clear braces have recently become available.
How long will I have to wear braces?
That depends upon your treatment plan. The more complicated your spacing or bite problem is, and the older you are, the longer the period of treatment, usually.
Do teeth need to be extracted prior to orthodontics?
Sometimes, the amount of teeth in one's mouth are more than the amount of space that your mouth has to accommodate all your teeth. In these circumstances, a decision is made to either extract teeth, expand the arch or reduce the width of the teeth(stripping). Each individual is unique and it is impossible to know what treatment option is the best to correct the crowding of the teeth. In conclusion, sometimes it is necessary to extract teeth to achieve an ideal bite and a beautiful smile.
How important is dental hygiene during orthodontics?
It is very important to keep your teeth as clean as possible during active orthodontic treatment. One should brush after every meal and floss daily(at the minimum). Food can become trapped by the brackets and it can lead to decay underneath the orthodontic brackets or band. Also, this could lead to discolouration (staining) of the teeth underneath the brackets.
Do I have to avoid any foods or personal habits?
Yes. You have to be careful not to eat sugary or sticky foods. Food can become caught in the braces and if its not removed, cavities will be the end result. Also, you will have to cut your food so that you don't dislodge and brackets.
At present, all our orthodontic work is referred to an orthodontic practice locally.
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