What is orthodontics? Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry meant to correct malalignment of teeth.
What is the procedure involved in orthodontics? By applying prolonged gentle pressure over the teeth with the use of one or more of orthodontic devices, the malalignment is corrected.
What is the best time for initial orthodontic consultation? By the age of 7, when enough permanent teeth have come in, and enough jaw growth has occurred, the child’s orthodontic problems can be identified. Treatment plan can be fixed at the time.
Is the treatment procedure painful? Only mild pain occurs initially and this too can be eliminated by taking medicines. Braces can cause laceration to tongue and lips if not careful.
Is there any need for extraction? Extraction of teeth before orthodontic treatment is needed only in cases of severe crowding of teeth.
How long do you have to wear braces? That depends on severity of the case. Anyway the treatment procedure may last from 8 to 18 months
What all care should be taken while wearing braces? Do not use hard sticky foods. Do not indulge in heavy sports activities like football, boxing etc. Spend a few extra minutes to clean your braces after meals. Orthodontic brushes are mad available specially for that purpose