Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, as the specialty is called, is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. The technical term for these problems is “malocclusion,” which means “bad bite.” The practice of orthodontics requires professional skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances (braces) to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and achieve facial balance.

Your dentist may have discussed the benefits of having healthy teeth and proper jaw alignment with you. Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean and maintain. This can result in tooth decay, gum disease and lead to tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth. Treatment by an orthodontist can be less costly than the additional care required treating dental problems that result from orthodontic problems.

Our clinics are committed to offering a wide range of treatment options to our patients. This includes proper diagnosis and treatment planning for the patient’s problem. Our team is well trained with all the latest technological advances in the field of orthodontics. Their expertise in handling even the most complicated problems is one of the major assets of our clinics.

Our expert team approach as a unit for interdisciplinary problems like patients with mutilated dentition or with jaw asymmetries or abnormalities are treated with expertise and great coordination. The orthodontics department in coordination with the maxillofacial surgery team has done many surgical procedures for the patients jaw problems. Our team thrives to design and execute the best of the clinical practices.

For most people, a beautiful smile is the most obvious benefit of orthodontics. After your braces come off, you will feel more self-confident.

How Orthodontic Treatment works?

The treatment aims at correcting the jaw and teeth discrepancies provided the diagnosis is done at the right age. Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic or plastic materials. They may be removable or they may be brackets (clips) fixed to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, the appliances slowly move teeth to a corrected position.

There are a lot of changes in orthodontics and this is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic in appearance. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.

Duration of Treatment?

One of the most important considerations before start of the treatment is the time taken for the completion of it. Treatment time typically varies, depending on the patient’s growth and the severity of the problem. The patient’s cooperative behaviour of any prescribed instructions is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment. Early treatment procedures may take less time or longer duration depending on the severity of the problem. The fixed braces treatment may usually lasts for 18-24 months based on patient’s malocclusion.


Orthodontics and Children- Early Orthodontics

At what age should my child first see an Orthodontist?

Orthodontist recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7.

Why screen by age 7?

The posterior occlusion (bite) is established when the first 6-year permanent molars erupt. At that time, one can evaluate the 3 dimensional relationships of the occlusion, as well as discover any abnormal shifting of the lower jaw during function. Incisors will begin to erupt and problems can be detected such as crowding, adverse habits, overbites, openbites, and some facial asymmetries. When treatment is necessary, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaws and guide the erupting permanent teeth. For some, a timely screening will lead to significant treatment benefits; for some, an immediate benefit is a parent’s peace of mind.

What are the benefits of early treatment?

For those patients who have clear indications for early intervention, early treatment presents the opportunity to:

  • Lower risk of trauma to protruded upper incisors.
  • Influence jaw growth in a positive manner
  • Harmonize width of the dental arches
  • Improve eruption patterns of permanent teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve esthetics and self-esteem
  • Simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics
  • Reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth
  • Improve some speech problems
  • Preserve or gain space for erupting permanent teeth
  • Early treatment can simplify later treatment