Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked and misaligned teeth are known sources of self-consciousness, embarrassment and low self-esteem. At Dr. Nirali’s Dental Clinic Ahmedabad, we offer a variety of orthodontic solutions to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.
There a lot of treatment options to correct teeth that are crowded or crooked including retainers, aligners and braces (Metal, Ceramic or Micro braces). Correcting a bad bite and improperly aligned teeth (malocclusion) is important not only for aesthetic reasons but also for proper oral health and function.
Your age, jaw and the size of your teeth all contribute to your smile. Bite problems usually become obvious between ages 6 and 12, and orthodontic treatments often start at ages 8 and 14. But this doesn’t mean that adults aren’t good candidates for braces. Healthy teeth can be adjusted at any age. In fact, many orthodontic cases can be corrected as easily for adults as for children.
When should I see an orthodontist?
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, it’s time to schedule a visit once you recognize any of the following signs in yourself or your child:
- Early or late loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits
- Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
- Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed
- Speech difficulty
- Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
- Protruding teeth
- Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
- Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features out of proportion to the rest of the face)
- Grinding or clenching of teeth
- Inability to comfortably close lips
Correcting a bad bite creates a breathtaking smile. More importantly, this treatment aims to improve oral health. Crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth are difficult to clean. Plaque that is not removed in between ‘hard-to-reach’ areas after brushing or flossing can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. An improper bite can also interfere with speaking and chewing that can later lead to problems with the jaws.
What happens during my orthodontic consultation?
Since our patients lead busy lives, time has been dedicated to complete diagnostic recordsand sometimes start orthodontic treatmentthe same day. This will reduce the numberof visits before “braces on” happens!
Before we put braces on, we will:
- Snap a few pictures and take Digital X-rays
- Take molds of your teeth
- Discuss treatment, braces and pricing
What kind of braces do we offer?
Metal braces – These are the traditional brackets made of polished stainless steel.Various colored ties can be added to the braces to create a fun, unique smile.
- Clear braces – These brackets are made of ceramic to mimic the color of teeth and givethe braces a more aesthetic appearance.
Self ligating braces – These brackets utilize a newer technology that can minimize discomfort,lessen adjustment times, and promote cleaner oralhygiene during treatment. They are available in both. metal and clear
Metal braces are the more traditional treatment option for correcting bites and crooked teeth. Strong, stainless steel brackets, tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings” and wires make up these braces. Metal brackets are less expensive than other bracket types. Patients are also offered a variety of choices when it comes to the colors of the ligatures.
From the Greek “ortho” meaning straight and “odontos” for teeth, orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry aimed at the diagnostic, prevention and treatment of dento-facial anomalies and dental malpositions.
The technical term to describe these problems is “malocclusion”.
Practicing orthodontics requires professional aptitudes in diagnostics, treatment planning, insertion, use and control of different corrective appliances used to align teeth, lips and jaws, all contributing to dento-facial harmony.
There is no age limit to consider orthodontics.
Even if the majority of orthodontic patients are children or adolescents, more than 25% of Canadians under orthodontic care are adults. In our practice, this proportion is even greater.
We regularly and successfully treat patients between 40 and 70+ years of age.
In adults, the absence of growth may make it necessary to use different treatment modalities or to have different treatment objectives than with a growing population.
It is never too late to improve your dental condition with orthodontics.
It may be a new word to you. “Malocclusion” is a technical term for crooked, crowded, malaligned or protruding teeth which do not fit together properly. Literally, the word means “bad bite.”
Any deviation from this “ideal” relationship is considered a “malocclusion”. It refers to any inadequate relationship between the teeth and/or jaws.
The most common malocclusions have crooked, crowded, rotated teeth, excessive overbite, teeth that are “sticking out”, teeth that do not touch one another when biting, “scissor bites”, etc.
You can find more details about malocclusions in the section Treated cases – Before & After
In general, having braces doesn’t “hurt”. It is possible however that after certain visits, such as when braces are first put on the teeth or when major adjustments are made, that some teeth become sensitive for a few days. In that case, a light analgesic may help.
Absolutely. The initial discomfort after having the braces put on is minimal and should not prevent you from doing your regular activities.
• YES, it is very important that you continue seeing your dentist regularly throughout your orthodontic treatment as per his/her recommendation.
• Braces and most orthodontic appliances will not prevent your dentist from doing dental examinations and cleanings. If necessary, we can remove parts of the appliances if your dentist needs access to some teeth for specific interventions.
YES. Although this may require some adaptation at first, braces shouldn’t prevent you from playing your favorite wind instrument.
• Most malocclusions are inherited. These include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra or missing teeth, cleft palate and a variety of irregularities of the jaws and face. Some malocclusions are acquired.
• They can be caused by thumb-sucking, tongue thrusting, dental disease, premature loss of primary or permanent teeth, accidents or some medical problems.
• Left untreated, these orthodontic problems can become worse. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that may cause tooth decay, eventual gum disease and tooth loss.
• A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and excess stress of the supporting bone and gum tissue.
The frequency of visits is dictated by the specific needs of each case and the progression of the corrections. Most of our patients with braces will be seen every 4 to 6+ weeks. However, if a particular situation justifies closer monitoring, visits will be scheduled accordingly.
• YES. A tooth with a crown or any type of restoration can be moved just like any other tooth, as long as its root(s) and surrounding tissues are healthy.
• When there are missing teeth, orthodontics can improve the alignment of the remaining teeth and may make possible better tooth replacement options for your dentist.
• In certain cases where one or many teeth are missing, orthodontics can partially or completely close the spaces left by these teeth. This can reduce or eliminate tooth replacement costs for the patient after orthodontics.
Treatment duration depends on may factors such as:
Patient cooperation during treatment.
In general, treatments can last between 12 and 30 months with an average of 20 to 22 months.
The newer technologies that we use allow us to treat a majority of the cases 4 to 6 months faster than with conventional approaches and we frequently complete corrections in 15 to 18 months or even less.
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
Wearing your retainers as prescribed is the best way to keep your teeth from moving after your orthodontic treatment. There are many reasons teeth may move following orthodontic treatment. Teeth are not set in concrete, they are set in bone. The bone around your teeth is continually changing (breaking down and rebuilding), and this could mean your teeth will shift after your braces are removed. By wearing your retainers, your teeth are more likely to remain in their placed.
With braces, you should brush your teeth at least three times a day to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth healthy and clean. Brushing regularly will help remove any food that may be caught between the braces. You should also floss daily to get in between your braces where your brush isn't able to reach. Our highly trained staff can show you how to properly brush and floss once your braces are placed.
Ceramic Braces are made of strong composite materials that are made to match the color of the teeth. They are less noticeable making them a popular choice among many patients. The brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials and the wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.
Clear and Ceramic Braces (Tooth coloured braces) are a low-visibility alternative to traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces have minimal visual impact and much less noticeable than metal braces, even up close. Clear and Ceramic braces are largely responsible for the increase in popularity of orthodontic treatment in teens and adults.
visit the clinic for a consultation to find out which option would suit you best.
Advantages of Clear and Ceramic Braces (Tooth Coloured Braces)
Low-visibility – This fixed brace system is far less obvious than metal braces. Even the wires can be coated to be tooth-coloured rather than just metal.
Efficient – Treatment times are just as quick as any other orthodontic option available. There is no compromise to treatment times with this option.
Value – This is the most cost-effective fixed brace appliance available.
A beautiful smile is a great asset to everyone regardless of age. It plays a huge role in one’s self-image and self-confidence.
Healthy teeth can be adjusted at any age. In fact, many orthodontic cases can be corrected as easily for adults as for children.
ToothColoured Braces, Clear and Ceramic Braces
Range of possible treatment
Ceramic braces can be used to treat all orthodontic problems from straightforward to very complex.
Treatment times are low, with typical cases taking around 6-12 months but this does vary depending on the degree of complexity and amount of crowding. A more accurate estimation of treatment length is provided at the consultation.
How it works
Clear or Ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth. Flexible archwires are fitted into the brackets and slowly spread to a curved archform. This ‘elastic recoil’ gently pushes the teeth into proper alignment. The archwires are changed when needed throughout treatment. Additional forces can be created with clear elastic bands when required.