BRACES AND ALIGNERS (ORTHODONTICS)
For many a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of Orthodontics and one that has been proved to enhance self-confidence and self-esteem. Orthodontics involves diagnosis, prevention and treatment of both dental and facial irregularities.
Mal-alignment of teeth is mainly inherited and some are acquired. Inherited problems include overbite, overcrowding of the teeth, too much space between teeth and missing teeth to just name a few. Acquired problems may be caused by trauma, habits like thumb sucking and premature loss of teeth. But bad bites can also be caused due to skeletal growth problems. Under development of the lower jaw being the most common type. Early treatment in these cases makes a big difference. Orthodontics involves aligning your teeth over a period of time with gentle continuous on your teeth in a carefully controlled direction. Today we have various choices. Some are removable, some are fixed. Some are metallic, some are invisible.
These are the most common form of braces used to align your teeth. Metallic brackets are bonded on the front surface the teeth with a metallic wire passing through them. These are ideally not suited for teens and adults who are very conscious about the way they look.
These are similar to the metallic braces in many ways, but differ in the material and looks. The ceramic brackets and the ultra-thin wires tend to blend with the teeth and are not much visible at a social distance. They are more widely accepted by adults due to its aesthetics.
These are customised Lingual braces metallic braces that are bonded behind your teeth on the inner surface and are totally invisible. They are effective but need patience getting used to. Again these are widely sought after by self-conscious adults.
These are clear, plastic, transparent, disposable, removable trays that are worn over the teeth. They do not involve any brackets or wires and are a clear alternative to metallic braces. They are worn sequentially and changed every 2 weeks. They are most suitable for young teens, self-conscious adults, professionals from the glamour industry, models and on-screen personnel.