At what age should orthodontic treatment start?
We would like to see your child for first orthodontic consultation as early as age 7-8 years.Many orthodontic problems are much easier to
correct if detected at an early age, before jaw growth has slowed. Often, Interceptive orthodontic treatment can be done to reduce the
need for major orthodontic treatment at a later age. Interceptive orthodontic treatment corrects problems such as severely crooked and
crowded teeth, underbites and overbites, incorrect jaw position, and disorders of the TMJ (jaw joint).
Do the appliances/braces hurt?
Teeth may feel sore & eating may be difficult for a day or two.These problems gradually ease away as you get accustomed to the appliance/braces.
How long should I undergo treatment?
It depends on the severity of the problem. However most of the cases can be treated in about 18 to 24 months.It varies from patient to patient.
What is the frequency of my visit to the dental clinic?
Usually it will be once in four or five weeks.
Are there any diet restrictions?
There are no diet restrictions. All you have to do is to avoid hard food,sticky food, chewing gum and candies during the entire treatment period.
By undergoing this treatment,will I develop cavities in my teeth?
You will not develop any new cavities if you follow your orthodontist’s advice for special brushing instruction and use the fluoride mouth rinse regularly.
Will it be difficult to brush the teeth?
At first it will be difficult and will take longer time to brush your teeth.Once you learn,you will find it easy to clean your teeth even with the appliance.
How long will have to wear retainer?
Retainers should be worn usually for a period of one year.The type and duration of retention depends upon the severity of the case.
What are other materials used for fabricating the brackets?
Brackets are also fabricated using ceramics,nickel free stainless steel,gold plated metals,etc.
Am I too old for the orthodontic treatment?
No. If the gums are healthy then Orthodontic treatment can be done upto 60-70 years.
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
After observation of all the x-rays(Lateral cephalogram,OPG) and study models,it will be decided whether extraction is needed or not.
If your teeth are severely crowded (because your mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them) or if you have impacted teeth
(teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth) then extraction may be necessary. In the case of younger patients,
early treatment may make extraction unnecessary.