Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and gum disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, jaw joint pain and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place also worsen one's appearance and smile.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance and smile, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Orthodontic treatment can be startedat any age. However many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may mean that a patient can avoid surgery and more serious complications later in life. The Indian Orthodontic society recommends that every child first visit an orthodontist by age seven, however Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age. Everyone including adults wants a beautiful and healthy smile. Thirty five percent of orthodontic patients today are adults.
Modern braces are smaller, lighter and show far less metal than in the past. They come in bright colors for kids as well as clear styles preferred by many adults, and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.