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A beautiful smile goes a long way in building relationships and in boosting confidence of individuals. Well aligned and properly positioned teeth are essential components that contribute to the aesthetic appearance of the face and add to a beautiful and confident smile. Orthodontic treatment is mainly concerned with the alignment of crooked teeth in the oral cavity and positioning them in such a way that they are in harmony with the surrounding structures to provide a beautiful smile and a healthy bite.

Our orthodontic experts helps you in achieving a perfect smile. They deal with the guidance of growth of the jaws and teeth in young adolescent children and also correction of craniofacial anomalies related to the jaws and teeth sometimes in tandem with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

The most common conditions routinely treated by the orthodontist are

Correction of crowding and alignment of blocked out teeth
Closure of spaces between teeth
Correction of forwardly placed teeth
Improving of the occlusion (bite)
Uprighting tilted teeth
Growth Modulation and guidance of teeth to achieve a proper and healthy bite.
Correction of skeletal discrepancies of the jaws.

Types of braces and retainers:

The orthodontist may use different types of braces based on the treatment requirement and patients preference. The commonly used braces are Metal Braces and Ceramic Braces:

Metal Braces:

The conventional metal braces are made of high-quality stainless steel which do not corrode even in the acidic environment of the oral cavity and are designed to last a long time in such environments. These brackets are stuck on to the teeth with the special glue. Wires are then placed to apply force onto the teeth to move them to a desirable position. If you don’t like metal showing in your mouth, we also have different options to choose from.

Ceramic Braces:

Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Your Orthodontist can even use tooth-colored wires which are even less noticeable.

However, they are more expensive than metal braces. You may discuss with your Orthodontist whether ceramic braces or metal braces are better suited for your condition and needs.

Retention after Orthodontic Treatment:

The orthodontic retention phase is aimed at minimizing unwanted dental movements and maintaining the corrections obtained during the initial period following the removal of the braces or other appliances used for correction.

The most critical period is the first few months and year following the end of treatment. It is often required to stabilize or retain the teeth for a much longer period (many years).

Retention phase involves placement of fixed or removable retainers in the mouth so that, teeth will be held in their newly achieved positions. Fixed retainers are comfortable for the patients because it is not dependent on the patient to wear them.

However, if you are concerned about having a fixed retainer in your mouth, you could always choose other removable options which you will need to wear in your mouth for sometime.

Removable Retainers are custom-made devices, usually made of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment. They are most often used after dental braces to keep teeth in position while assisting the adjustment of the surrounding gums to changes in the bone. Most patients are required to wear their retainer(s) for as long as possible in the mouth for at least a year or two.

It is important that you follow closely the instructions given to you concerning the wearing of the retainers during the retention period. Any negligence in that respect may cause undesirable changes. This alone should be a good enough reason to justify wearing retainers faithfully.

As a rule of thumb, removable retainer wear is progressively reduced over a period of 18 to 30 months but fixed retainers can stay in the mouth for many years.

If, during the retention period, you notice significant dental movements or changes, come to us immediately.