Orthodontic Treatment

Dental Braces are also known as – Orthodontic braces or Braces. Dental braces are device used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help to position them with regard to a person’s bite, while also working to improve oral health. They are often used to correct: under bites, malocclusions, overbites, cross bites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and various other flaws of the teeth and the jaw.

Dental Braces are often used in conjunction with other orthodontic appliances to help widen the plate or jaws and to otherwise assist in shaping the teeth and jaws. The application of braces moves the teeth as a result of forces and pressure on the teeth. There are 4 basic elements that are needed in order to help move the teeth. In case of traditional metal or wire braces, one uses brackets, bonding material, arch wire and ligature elastic, also called an “O-ring” to help align the teeth. The teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets and teeth. Sometimes springs or rubber bands are used to put more force in scientific direction.

Braces have constant pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Occasionally, adults may need to wear headgear to keep certain teeth moving. When braces put pressure on one’s teeth. The periodontal membrane stretches on one side and is compressed on the other. This movement needs to be done slowly otherwise the patient risks losing his or her teeth. That’s why braces are commonly worn for approximately 1-2.5 years and adjustment made every 3-5 weeks.

Orthodontic Treatment Options:

1) Metal Braces / Traditional Braces, 2) Ceramic Braces, 3) Lingual Braces, 4) Invisalign [Invisible Braces – Clear path Aligner], 5) Self-Ligating Braces, 6) Part Braces, 7) Fashion Braces.

Metal Braces (Traditional Braces)

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “Braces”. Modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the “metal-mouth” braces. These are the least expensive and coloured bands give children a chance to express themselves. Metal Braces are the most noticeable type of the braces.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces are the equal size & shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-coloured or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Coloured wires also used nowadays, in order to be even less noticeable. These are the brackets with advantages like – less noticeable, move teeth faster than clear plastic aligners. It has points that really need to pay attention are- More expensive than metal braces and Brackets can satin easily if patients don’t care for them well.

Lingual Braces

Lingual Braces are custom made fixed braces bonded to the back of the teeth making them invisible to other people. They are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth. Lingual braces needs more attention of patients – in order to take care of it. Also it is difficult to clean, moreexpensive, not appropriate for severe cases & uncomfortable in starting of treatment. Above all, most people like this type of orthodontic treatment as all appliance are placed behind the teeth. Hence, lingual braces are a cosmetic alternative to those who do not wish the braces to be visible. Purely Esthetical Approach, patient will get!

Invisalign [Invisible Braces – Clear path Aligner]

Invisalign consists of a series of 18-30 custom made, mouth guard – like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2-3 weeks.

If you go through smile designing using clear path Aligner, you can attain the smile you’ve always wanted. Smile design is an exciting new idea in dental treatment that we offer our patients. This are removable medical grade plastic appliances which patient wears instead of brackets and wires to correct malocclusion. Dental aligners are a modern alternative to braces, for teeth that are need of straightening. Clear Path dental aligners also offer predictable results visualization even before the treatment and also designed for minor teeth movement of patients. Patient can remove this aligner to eat, drink, brush and floss or for special occasions. It has only disadvantage that – it will not work for serious dental problem, only available for adults and teens, not children, more expensive option and lastly treatment may potentially take longer – more time needed for treatment.

Self-Ligating Braces

Conventional Braces use clear or coloured modules. We use self-ligating braces which reduces the friction and generally shortens movement time, allows for more time between visits and results in less pressure, pain and decay to teeth.

Part Braces

It is for section, simply limited to number of teeth and just for one jaw. Basically used where the bite is good but minor – limited corrections of teeth are needed. Treatment duration is between 6-12 months. Depending on a patient – patient and severity of correction needed. Retention is required, depending on the problem and treatment need.

Fashion Braces

Variety of colours for brackets and the rubber modules – elastics used, depending on the personal choice and personality. Coloured modules & gold braces make a fashion statement and make the process of having braces more fun for the patient. It is choice of treatment for Children – teenagers and for young individuals, who like to express themselves…