Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth, to improve the appearance of the teeth and how they work. It can also help to look after the long-term health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints, by spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth.
The different orthodontic problems include crowding, spacing, forwardly placed teeth, crossly placed teeth, no contact between teeth etc.
When should treatment begin?
Normally the orthodontic treatment is begun between the ages 10 and 14. This is when a child’s head and mouth are still growing and teeth are easier to straighten, treatment duration will be 8 months to 16 months based upon the severity of the condition. Certain jaw growth problems can be handled simply in mixed dentition period, before the permanent teeth erupt. Hence the treatment can begin at the age of 6!
But it can be done at any age. “Better late than never”.
In some children with mouth breathing habits, thumb sucking, the habits can be broken with orthodontic appliances.
There are different types of braces. The most common are metal or ceramic braces attached to the front surface of the teeth.
“Lingual” braces attach to the back of teeth. They are hidden from view.
These are hassle free and patient gets a set of invisible acrylic aligners which works without frequently visiting the dentist. These are the best option for staying abroad and studying in hostels that don’t have the facility to visit the dental office as and when required.
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