Orthodontics (Braces)

 

1) What is the right age to start orthodontic treatment?
2) Is orthodontic treatment possible in adults?
3) Is there any alternative to metal braces?
4) How much time does the treatment take?


What is the right age to start orthodontic treatment?

Treatment is usually started after the permanent canine teeth appear in the mouth, which is usually between the ages of 12&13 years. However, there are patients in whom treatment can be started earlier.

Is orthodontic treatment possible in adults?

Braces aren’t just for children any more. In fact, adults now make up about 20 to 30 percent of patients who undergo orthodontic treatment in order to close gaps, straighten teeth or improve their smile. It is also used in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures like bonding and laminates. Orthodontics is also combined with orthognathic surgery to correct skeletal mismatches of the jaws.

Is there any alternative to metal braces?

In the past orthodontics was shunned by adults as the treatment was lengthy and the old fashioned metal braces were unattractive. However, with the advent of ceramic or tooth coloured braces and “behind the teeth” or lingual braces, this is now no longer as much of a problem.


How much time does the treatment take?

The treatment time depends on the complexity of the case. However, an average time would be about one year. After the braces are removed a removable retainer has to be worn by the patient for six months, to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.