Gone were the times when the idea of treatment with braces was limited to children, though best time for orthodontic treatment is still childhood when bones are pliable and results are easy to achieve and predictable.
So does it mean adults with anything less than a perfectly lined teeth are not suitable for braces treatment. Answer is a clear NO. Modern dentistry and orthodontics have evolved to an extent that even adults of any age can benefit from this treatment, provided they don't have any other dental issue that contraindicates braces treatment. The only prerequisite to contemplate a braces treatment is a will and belief in dentistry.
What age groups can benefit?
Excellent results in males and females have been achieved with no upper age limit. Majority of adults are in age bracket of 25-40 years who are seeking orthodontic treatment these days.
What are options available?
- Metal braces: Safe and most economical optional. They are there for last several decades.
- Ceramic braces/Clear braces: Most of adults prefer going for ceramic braces. Budget friendly results equivalent to metal braces, suited for simple to complex cases.
- Lingual braces: These are applied on tongue side of teeth and are completely hidden from direct view of any person in front of you. Not suited for everyone and priced higher than ceramic braces.
- Invisible braces: These are completely transparent and removable appliances. They are to be worn for most part of the day and are advised to be removed only during eating. They are priced higher than lingual braces.
What is the treatment duration?
Treatment duration varies from case to case but in most cases results can be achieved in between 6-18 months.
Who is the specialist for this treatment?
Braces specialists are known as Orthodontists i.e. a dentist who has spent additional three years under guidance and have acquired M.D.S degree. It is a highly specialized branch.
How to care for my teeth during braces treatment?
Braces treatment puts an additional responsibility on you to take more care of cleanliness of your teeth. Regular mouth rinsing, twice brushing, intradental brush, excessive intake of water and regular visit to your orthodontist.
How to proceed with treatment?
If you think you have any issue with the alignment of your teeth visit your dentist, he will assess your condition. You may be having underbite, crossbite, overbite, jetting, supernumary teeth, deep bite and many other issues which may be related to both or only one jaw.
Generally to begin your orthodontist will take your profile pictures, request old photographs, Full mouth xray / OPG, lateral cephalogram, models of your teeth or other things as per depending on your case.
Your orthodontist will call you every 3-4 weeks to change the wire and make adjustments to fine tune the movement of your teeth in desired position.
What happens after the treatment?
When your teeth have moved in to the desired position braces are removed and teeth scaled and polished. Most of the patients have to wear a retainer for some time; a kind of non- visible appliance that holds the teeth in desired position to prevent them from going back in original position.
We work with you unless you achieve that smile line you are striving for!