Orthodontics is the speciality of dentistry focused on the diagnosis and treatment of dental and associated facial irregularities. The results of orthodontic treatment can be dramatic, yielding beautiful smiles, improved dental health and an enhanced quality of life for people of all ages.

Orthodontic problems, which can result from genetic and environmental factors, must be diagnosed before treatment begins. Proper diagnosis involves taking photographs, x-rays and dental impressions, which enable us to make informed decisions about the treatment necessary.

How do braces straighten crooked teeth ?
Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time moves teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them.

The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth, and serves as a handle to control each tooth. The archwire is connected to each brace and provides the force needed to move the teeth.

The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jawbone. With pressure on one side from the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows behind.

What is the cost of Dental Braces in Bangalore?
The cost of Dental Braces treatment depends on many factors:
1. Type of Dental Braces-
There are more than ten varieties of braces ranging from standard Metal braces,Mini braces,Ceramic braces,Colored Ceramic braces,Gold braces,Designer braces,Self-ligating braces,Damon Braces,Lingual braces,and the latest invisible Clear Aligners(Invisalign).The cost of each varies too.

2. Quality/Brand of Dental Materials used-
There are hundreds of brands ranging from cheap chinese products to top quality products from companies like 3M,Ormco,Ivoclar Vivadent,etc and there is a huge difference in their costing too.So naturally one cannot compare the treatment charges among various dentists just based on the type of braces. Though chinese or local materials cost a peanut,and the best materials though may seem costly initially,the difference lies in features like good treatment results,fewer breakages,faster tooth movement,lesser tissue damage and more comfort for the patient.

"Buying Expensive things make you feel bad once only, but the bitterness of poor quality lingers long, even after the sweetness of low cost is forgotten" Dr. William Dickerson

3. Type of Dental problem and Treatment required-
Each patient's dental problem is different. Some malocclusions may require removal of teeth while others may require closure of gaps.Some patients may need jaw surgery for jaw deformities.A child may need trainers for correction of thumb sucking habit or a headgear for correction of excessive maxilla. An adult patient may seek invisible braces due to aesthetic concerns while clear aligners may be more suitable for a frequent traveller.

Thus with so many different treatment requirements and the treatment options available,one can only give an estimate on the total cost as well as the duration of treatment after a complete clinical examination and record taking(X-rays,Study Models,Photographs,etc).

Take an appointment with the Orthodontist for consultation and discuss the best possible treatment option for you.

What is the best age to start Dental Braces treatment?
Orthodontic treatment can be carried out at any age provided the teeth and the supporting bone are healthy. There are certain problems that are best corrected at an earlyage. The AAO (American Association of Orthodontics) and the IOS (Indian Orthodontic Society) recommends that every child be seen by an orthodontist at the age of seven to rule out any problems that require early intervention. Generally the best time to initiate treatment is when most of the milk teeth have fallen off i.e. between the ages of 11- 12 years.

How long will the Dental Braces treatment take?
Treatment duration varies according to the severity of the problem and the type of Dental Braces used.Usually it ranges from 6-20 months for most patients.

How many times should i visit the Orthodontist?
.The First appointment- with the orthodontist involves clinical examination and consultation regarding the various treatment options,the one best suitable for you and an estimate of treatment cost.This is followed by record taking.You might be advised to get some X-rays.

The Second appointment- Cleaning and Polishing of teeth is done followed by fixing of the Dental Braces that you opted for.Instructions regarding the care(brushing,diet,etc)is given.

The Future appointments- are usually fixed for after every 4 to 6 weeks. In case any mid-appointment or emergency checkups are required(due to breakages,or wire poking out),you can call up the clinic for an immediate appointment as our orthodontist is available most of the days, unlike elsewhere where the orthodontist visits only once a month. Also in case you are not able to keep up your regular appointment(due to exams,sickness,travel,etc)you can call the clinic and reschedule your appointment.There is no need to wait and lose another one month till the orthodontist visits again.

How painful is orthodontic treatment ?
There is absolutely no pain during the placement of the braces. The teeth start feeling sore after a few hours and this would last for about 3-4 days after the first appointment. This soreness is completely manageable with the help of mild pain-killers. It takes most patients about a week to completely get used to the braces. This discomfort is minimal from the second visit onwards and usually lasts for a day.

How do you take care of your braces ?
You would need to take extra care of your oral hygiene during the treatment. Special toothbrushes & mouthwash are prescribed by the orthodontist. Diet requires some modifications in terms of avoidance of hard sticky food during the treatment as they may dislodge the braces from the teeth. More importantly, you would need to visit your orthodontist every 4-8 weeks for monitoring the progress of treatment and regular adjustments of your braces.

Different Types of Braces will help give you the look that you desire.

There are several types of appliances that can be used to achieve your goals of straight teeth, good bite, and a beautiful smile.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment ?
The obvious benefits of braces are a better smile, improved self image and greater confidence in one's appearance. Improved alignment of teeth allows for better brushing and healthier gums. Also, reduction in the degree of prominence of the teeth reduces the risk of injury to the teeth especially in children.

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