Orthodontics deals with the correction of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. For instance, if you have crooked teeth, then you should undergo orthodontic treatment. Other conditions include large gaps between the teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbite, misplaced midlines, and open bites.



Who will benefit from orthodontic treatment?

If you have crowded or crooked teeth, you will need to undergo orthodontic treatment. A crooked tooth is more prone to tooth decay and dental caries because the teeth are not easier to clean while brushing or flossing because of their improper position. Also, crowded teeth are not pleasant for sight or appearance.

Lack of proper tooth placement can strain jaws and jaw muscles, adding more problems like jaw pain and headaches. Hence, by getting this treatment, you will benefit as it will help to reduce the strain and help you bite or chew properly.

The treatment is usually done by using a special appliance termed as “braces” by our expert orthodontist.

What are braces?

Braces are the primary orthodontic appliances used to move or straighten a crooked tooth. They work by exerting even and constant pressure onto teeth for a certain period.

Metal Braces

What are Metal Braces?

Metal braces were the first appliances introduced for orthodontic treatment for crooked/ misaligned teeth. They mainly consist of:

• Metal brackets that are made up of corrosion-resistant, high-quality stainless steel or sometimes titanium alloys.
• Metallic archwires that pass through specially designed slots within the brackets. These are made up of stainless steel, or nickel-titanium.
• (Modules) that are rubber bands simply used to hold the archwires into their places within the brackets.
Metal braces work by moving the crooked tooth in their proper position. Archwires, when tightened with the exact amount of force, puts tension on the teeth, helping them move to their right place.

Unlike the regular braces, we also have self-ligating braces that use metal ligatures to hold the wires instead of the elastic ones. They are considered better than the regular braces as they speed up the alignment of the teeth faster than the elastic ties.

Ceramic Braces

What are Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces unlike metal braces, use clear or tooth-colored brackets instead of metallic silver brackets. If you feel self-conscious or awkward wearing a metal brace, opting for ceramic braces would be the best choice as they are hardly noticeable.

These are equally effective as metal ones but since they are made up of ceramic, they are slightly less durable than the metal ones.

How long does it take to put braces?

The procedure of placing the braces generally takes about one to two hours. However, a typical orthodontic treatment to get fully recovered straight teeth takes between 12 to 36 months.

How long does it take to straighten teeth with braces?

The length of time taken to straighten teeth depends upon the condition of the teeth. On average, it takes about 2-3 years to get complete straight teeth using braces.

Clear Aligners

What are clear aligners?

Unlike braces, clear aligners are tight-fitting, transparent and custom-made mouthpieces used for orthodontic treatment. They are suitable for correcting simple to moderately crooked teeth. However, they are more easy to use and comfortable to adapt than metal braces.

What are the advantages of using clear aligners?

Once you get your new sets of aligners, you will feel a huge difference. They are transparent and super comfortable and difficult to be noticed by the other person. When you wear the aligners for the first time, you might feel a bit discomfort but you’ll get used to it sooner. Clear aligners will make you feel more confident and it will keep your teeth healthy and under full treatment without any hassle. Some advantages of using clear aligners include:

• Eat all kinds of food
• Fewer visits to your dentists
• No hassle of brackets or wires breaking
• Easy to brush and floss

How long does it take to straighten teeth with aligners?

For mild cases, it can take as short as 6 months while for moderate or severe cases, it will take 12 to 24 months for the complete treatment.