Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry focusing on preventing and correcting irregularities of the teeth known as malocclusion – the misalignment of the teeth due to improper positioning of the teeth or jaws.
Dental malocclusion occurs in situations when the teeth are crooked, twisted around, too crowded or too spaced apart. Skeletal malocclusion occurs when the jaws are misaligned, or when the jaws are either too big or too small for the teeth. Some patients may have one or several of these conditions. These problem usually arises due to heredity/ abnormal habits/early loss of milk teeth/ trauma andsometimes due to birth defects.
Dr. Sheetal Patani will be able to diagnose your particular bite based on a thorough examination and x-rays of your teeth and jaws. Based on this examination and a personal consultation we shall recommend a treatment plan that best fits your condition and your personal circumstances.
Health + Stability + Esthetics
Crowded teeth are difficult to clean and may contribute to tooth decay and gum diseases. Teeth that are too much out of jaw bone are also more likely to get damaged due to trauma. At the same time if your lower teeth are touching the upper gums from inside- DeepBite, it usually causes damage to the gums , eventually damaging them and the bone below it. This leads to loss of support to the upper teeth. resulting in early loss of teeth.
Orthodontic treatment can improve your dental health and also reduce the pain/ click in the jaw joint. It changes your facial appearance for the better, that boosts up your self esteem. To begin with, orthodontics will give you a more beautiful smile. In addition to the improved esthetics, most patients feel more confident and a higher self esteem. Equally important is the fact that orthodontic treatment makes it easier to improve and maintain proper oral health, and improves jaw and teeth function. Without orthodontic treatment, malocclusion may cause tooth decay, gum disease, bone deterioration, tooth loss, difficulty chewing, or speech impairment.
Almost 90% population have teeth problem to some extent. So anyone with malaligned or irregular teeth, buck-teeth, crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, rabbit teeth or one with gap in between them require orthodontic treatment. Also patients with jaw growth problem, jaw joint pain and cleft lip and palate problem require this specialized treatment.
Orthodontists are the specialist in correcting the problems related to malpositioned teeth. They are trained to diagnose the problem, its cause and choose the best treatment plan for correcting malpositioned teeth . The treatment is started keeping the end result in mind only after thorugh diagnosise. So it is advisable to visit an orthodontist for problems related to mlposition of teeth.
An Orthodontist is a dental specialist, trained to diagnose and treat a poor bite and improperly positioned teeth, with the goal of improving the functioning of the teeth and their overall cosmetic appearance.
After graduating from dental college with a bachelor (BDS ) degree, an exhaustive three year post graduate programme is required to earn the specialty designation of an “Orthodontist”(MDS). This degree is recognised by the apex governing body – Dental Council of India. such rigirous training gives the expertise and skill to diagnose and treat different malocclusion of teeth. Sometimes your family dentist would diagnose an orthodontic problem and then refer you to an Orthodontist; however, a referral is not necessary for an orthodontic consultation.
There is no single answer for this question because each orthodontic problem determines its own best starting time. For this reason it is recommended that every child should first visit an orthodontist at the age of six/seven years. In many patients early treatment achieves better results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing. Another advantage point is that early intervention frequently makes the completion of treatment easier and is less time consuming. Moreover this treatment can be DONE AT ANY AGE, until the supporting bone is healthy.
Adults seeking orthodontic treatment are increasing everyday. This is due to increased awareness, improved social acceptance and status. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. The health of an individual’s gums and supporting bone is most important in determining the prospects of improving an adult’s smile. Thanks to today’s smaller, less visible, more comfortable brackets; adults are finding braces and gums respond well to orthodontic treatment at almost any age. Now a days in adult patients we prefer tooth coloured brackets and brackets from inner side which are not visible. This is far more esthetic than regular metal brackets.
The treatment is certainly not totally painless. There is initail mild pain that lasts for the 2 to 4 days after which is reduces. Also there might be initial discomfort to the cheeks due to abrasion from the bracket surface. These problems can be well managed with few medications and they are self healing later during the course of treatment. Recent advances in orthodontics have made treatment far more comfortable.
Avoid eating hard or sticky foodstuffs like chikki, chocolates, meat bones, etc. These foods can break or loosen your braces making you uncomfortable and can delay treatment. Cleanliness is most important and should be maintained. Unhygienic oral conditions cause gum disease and affect the treatment, time and results.
Not at all! You only need to take reasonable care of your braces during contact sports like boxing, football, hockey, cricket, etc. To prevent damage to the braces and injury to the teeth and lips.
The majority of adults considering orthodontic therapy realize that a “Great Smile” will improve their facial symmetry and overall appearance. They desire the benefit of straight teeth but sometimes are hesitant to commit to braces. For the esthetically conscious patient, we offer several excellent alternatives to traditional braces, namely translucent or transparent ceramic braces and lingual braces. Recent advances in this field have lead to development of Teflon coated tooth coloured wires that enhances the esthetics. Also teenagers who prefer trendy colours can opt for coloured braces or coloured elastics.
It is a method of orthodontic therapy promoted as an “invisible” way of straightening teeth without using traditional braces. It instead uses a series of clear custom-fabricated aligners designed to gradually and sequentially move teeth to their desired positions. It is suitable for both adults and teens, to address issues such as: crowding, widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite and crossbite. Treatment time is comparable, or often shorter than treatment with traditional braces. The method of aligning teeth and improving smiles is a modern orthodontic technology that is extremely popular throughout Canada, the United States, and around the world. Because Invisalign is clear, most patients undergo treatment without anyone noticing!
Active treatment with orthodontic appliances ranges from one to two years. The actual time depends on the growth, cooperation of patient and severity of the problem. Recent sophisticated appliances reduce treatment time by almost six to eight months.
The actual cost of orthodontic treatment depends on the severity of the problems, age of the patient and type of the braces, many orthodontic problems require only limited treatment at relatively inexpensive fees, convenient financing with an initial down payment and monthly installments can usually be arranged, when you consider the cost of orthodontic treatment. Be sure to keep in mind that, there are many benefits of having a lifetime a beautiful and healthy smile.