Who needs orthodontic treatment (braces)?
Orthodontic treatment is an elective treatment that can dramatically improve the appearance of anyone with crowded or spaced teeth.
When is the best time to start?
Conventional orthodontics treatment usually starts when you have your full set of permanent teeth, around the age of 13. However, if necessary, appliances can be worn from age 6 onwards to prevent jaw discrepancies from worsening. If in doubt, consult your dentist.
Which types of braces are available in the market?
The traditional metal braces are still commonly used. Aside from this, white-coloured and clear brackets on the teeth are also available, though the wire used is still metal. Lingual braces which are placed on the inside of the teeth can also be used for patients who don’t want it obviously visible that they are wearing braces, but they are more expensive and the treatment time may be longer. Lastly, clear aligners also exist as an adjunct to conventional braces treatment that can correct mild cases.
How long will it take to complete my braces?
Treatment time depends on the severity of the crowding, but on average lasts around 2 to 2 1/2 years.
Is there anything I need to take care of before, during, and after braces?
While wearing braces, you will find it difficult to keep your teeth clean, which can result in gum inflammation and unsightly tooth decay. As such, its very important to ensure you have good oral hygiene before the braces treatment starts. During the braces treatment, your dentist will teach you how to keep your teeth clean and will send you for professional cleanings as well. After the braces treatment, you will need to wear retainers to keep your teeth in alignment.