• A smile is a curve that sets everything right

  • A smile is a curve that sets everything right

  • Smiles are the language of love

  • A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks.

  • A winning smile makes winners of us all

  • A smile takes a moment, but the memory of it lasts forever

  • A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear

  • When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for awhile

Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that treats malocclusion. Malocclusion means the misalignment of upper and lower dental arches. This leads to crooked teeth, crowding or open gap between the teeth. This can result from a variety of reasons such as injuries to the facial bones and teeth, narrow jaws, thumb sucking, sleeping with open mouth, tongue thrust, etc. It’s just the absence of proper positioning of teeth and it’s nothing fatal. But it can hamper one’s self esteem and eventually degrade one’s personality. Healthy and happy smile that pleases all is a dream of many of those who suffer from malocclusion. An expert dentist with high professional skills can gift you that confident smile with adequate facial balance for a lifetime. Avoiding malocclusion can, later on, lead to serious problems such as tooth injury, tooth wear, gum diseases and lack of confidence in the public.

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Orthodontics involves a variety of procedures such as:

  • Improper bite treatment
  • Clearing the gap in between teeth
  • Proper alignment of the teeth
  • Straightening of crooked teeth
  • Oral function improvement
  • Prevention of wear and tear of teeth
  • Prevention of gum and teeth problems

Indian health authorities say that approximately one third of all 12 year-olds in the country probably need orthodontic treatment. People may require orthodontic treatment for different problems:

The front teeth protrude - treatment not only improves the patient's appearance, but also protects the teeth from damage; people with protruding front teeth are more likely to injure them in sports, falling down, etc.

Crowding - if the patient's jaw is narrow, there may not be enough space for all the teeth. In such cases we may remove one or more teeth to make room for the others.

Impacted teeth - as the adult teeth come through, they are not in the right position

Asymmetrical teeth - the upper and lower teeth do not match, especially when the mouth is closed but the teeth are showing.

Deep bite (overbite) - when the teeth are clenched, the upper ones come down over the lower ones too much

Reverse bite - when the teeth are clenched, the upper teeth bite inside the lower ones

Open bite - when the teeth are clenched, there is an opening between the upper and lower teeth.

Underbite - the upper teeth are too far back, or the lower teeth a too far forward ("bulldog" appearance)

Crossbite - at least one of the upper teeth does not come down slightly in from of the lower teeth when the teeth are clenched; they are too near the cheek

There are many factors that can contribute to developing malocclusions, some of which are:-

  • Hereditary or genetic
  • Thumb sucking and pacifiers
  • Lip biting
  • Tongue thrusting or a large tongue
  • Mouth breathing
  • Congenitally missing teeth or extra teeth
  • Smaller teeth or large jaw
  • Early removal/ loss of milk teeth due to cavities

Very few people have perfect teeth alignment. By treating moderate or severe malocclusion, the teeth are easier to clean and there is less risk of tooth decay and periodontal diseases (gingivitis or periodontitis). Treatment eliminates strain on the teeth, jaws, and muscles, which lessens the risk of breaking a tooth and may reduce symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders.

The goal is to correct the positioning of the teeth. One or more teeth may need to be removed if overcrowding is part of the problem. Rough or irregular teeth may be adjusted down, reshaped, and bonded or capped. Surgery may be required on rare occasions. This may include surgical reshaping to lengthen or shorten the jaw (orthognathic surgery). Wires, plates, or screws may be used to stabilize the jaw bone. Clear braces (aligners) without wires may be used in some patients.

It is important to brush and floss your teeth every day and have regular visits to a general dentist. Plaque accumulates on braces and may permanently mark teeth or cause tooth decay if not properly cared for. You may need a retainer to stabilize your teeth after having braces.  

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