Dental braces are appliances which are used to align or straighten the teeth and guide the teeth to the corrected position. They are made up of wires, brackets and bands. Braces aid to correct irregular teeth positioning, facial appearance, improvement in chewing and smile aesthetics. There are other implications which require orthodontic treatment like open bite, jaw structure, crossbite, etc.

Orthodontic treatment can straighten your teeth, close the gaps in your smile and space out the crowded teeth. The treatment options and modalities depend upon the individual dentition. Leaving the irregularly placed teeth untreated may prompt other dental problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and difficulty in chewing. Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and diminishing the risk of future dental problems regardless of age.

Every individual is different. Orthodontic treatment can be started as young as 7 years old. There is no upper limit in terms of age for braces. If you have good oral health and firm teeth, you can get braces at any age. There are various types of orthodontic treatment available for all ages.

 

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 Reasons for Orthodontic Treatment:
  • Crowding / Haphazardly placed teeth that can lead to poor oral hygiene and can also be the reason for dental Caries (cavities).
  • Improper bite that affects chewing efficiency.
  • Crooked/irregular teeth which can be a major reason for periodontal problems such as bleeding gums, halitosis (bad breath) and teeth mobility (premature loss of teeth).
  • Forwardly placed/proclined teeth which leads to more convex profile and posteriorly displaced chin.
  • Open bite.
  • The spacing between teeth which can cause speech problems
TYPES OF BRACES AVAILABLE
Recent advances in orthodontic appliances offer different types of braces which will best fit your lifestyle. These have made orthodontic treatment more comfortable and less noticeable than before.
 
Metal Conventional Braces
These are the traditional and most common type of braces. The metal braces used today are much more comfortable and smaller in size. These require elastics to tie the wire to the braces. There is no age limit to these, as patients of all ages can choose to straighten their teeth using metal braces.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Metal Self Ligating Braces
These are metal brackets with a shutter or lock system and do not require the use of elastic to tie the wire. In comparison to traditional metal braces, metal self-ligating braces are more comfortable and smaller in size.
 
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Ceramic Conventional Braces

Ceramic braces are made of ceramic material which mimics the tooth colour making the braces less noticeable unlike traditional grey or metallic braces. They use tooth colour that blends more naturally with your teeth. The shape and size are the same as metal braces. They function similar to metal braces but are delicate, limiting the use of heavy forces.

Clear Aligners/ Invisible braces

Clear Aligners are medical grade plastic trays that do not require any braces or wires and instead use a series of plastic, customized, removable appliances called Aligners. They are totally invisible and hence the aesthetic concerns are duly met and make them very appealing for adults who need orthodontic treatment. They are transparent braces and are highly comfortable, hygienic and less likely to irritate your gums and cheeks.

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