Teeth straightening procedure is done to correct the tooth cavities or decays. It can also be done when you are unhappy with the shape or position of your teeth. The most commonly used technique of teeth straightening is the use of braces. There are many kinds of braces available to choose from depending on your choice and situation. You must get an x ray of your teeth and proper medical consultation to decide which one suits you. There are fixed orthodontic braces, lingual braces, damon braces and many others. You can get your teeth straightened even without braces. The use of veeners, fitting a crown and composite bonding are a few options if you do not want to invest your time and energy in getting and managing braces. People with much more critical issues may go for dental surgery.
An x ray of your teeth is taken and studied in detail before zeroing in on the best option for you. It is wise to get braces at a young age. Braces may take quite some time to put your teeth in the correct position but are a foolproof treatment to all your dental woes. Fixed orthodontic braces are the most commonly used braces. It may take two to three years depending on the required movement in teeth. Lingual braces are more aesthetic compared to orthodontic braces. A system of wires is tightened around the teeth and gradually straightens them. It is tightened at the back of the teeth making it invisible from the front. They are ideal if you want your teeth fixed without anyone noticing. Damon braces are a fairly new alternative to fixed orthodontic braces and lingual braces. They are said to be a friction free method of teeth straightening. They do not have plastic ties, which cause irritation, making them more comfortable than others. Veeners and crowns are an aesthetic solution to the problems of crooked teeth. They are just fixed over the problematic teeth and give a false impression of straight teeth. Composite bonding is the most economical and painless method of teeth straightening. A tooth coloured resin called a composite is fixed over the crooked teeth and it is the most natural looking process there can be. Dental surgery is not for people who face crookedness in one or two teeth. If the root of your problem is in your jaw or your jaw is not positioned correctly, you must go for dental surgery. Surgery will leave you with lifelong effects.
People who suffer from the problems of teeth crookedness may go for any of these treatments. Choose the one according to the severity of your problem. Take proper medical guidance before deciding on one.
Most of the people with crooked teeth problems can get these treatments done but it is always wise to consult an experienced orthodontist and find the best treatment suitable for you.
Braces may need quite a lot of looking after. They can cause mild irritation in your mouth and jaw pain for a few days until you get used to their presence. There may also be occasional bleeding in the initial days. Composite bonding is a very cheap and natural looking method of getting your teeth fixed but the material used in the process may not be very long lasting. It may get stained and chip or break after a few years.
You must make regular appointments with your orthodontist after getting the treatment that suits your situation. It is important to keep a regular check on the condition of your teeth. Brushing after every meal with a brush made up of soft bristles is recommended if you get braces. You should keep your teeth clean all the time. Flossing every day helps. Make sure that nothing is stuck in your teeth for long. Avoid sticky foods like caramel, taffy and chewing gum.
Braces may take up to 3 years, depending on the severity. You may need just 2-3 days to recover after getting treatments like composite bonding, veeners and crowns. Dental surgery may take about a week to become completely normal.
Fixed orthodontic braces may cost between ₹18000 - ₹35000. The cost of lingual braces is on the higher side. It may be between ₹72000 - ₹190000. Dental surgery may cost anything between ₹60000 - ₹150000 depending on your need. Cost of composite bonding may range from ₹7000 - ₹20000 per tooth.
The results of braces and dental surgery are permanent. They last throughout the person’s life. Fitting of crowns or veeners and getting composite bonding may last only a few years.
There are no treatments available for teeth straightening that you can do by your own. You must follow good oral hygiene and inculcate this habit in your children at a young age in order to avoid these treatments.
Rs 18,000 - Rs 1,50,000
BRACES are devices used to align and straighten teeth and improve your smile and it also aims to improve overall dental health.
There are different types of braces each suitable according to patients convenience.
Can crooked teeth and gap between the teeth be arranged properly with help of braces?
Yes, Braces are the best way to correct crooked teeth and close gaps between your teeth. All other options will require placement of artificial attachments on your teeth. Braces help your smile correction in a way that no artificial attachments are needed and there are no recurring costs. There are various esthetic options available with braces like invisible braces, invisible clear aligners where only you and your orthodontist know that your teeth are straightening. Other options are clear ceramic braces and metal braces.
They are tough, clear plastic 'aligners' (moulds) that are used to straighten teeth. Several sets of specially moulded, slightly different aligners are made for each patient. Each set is worn for two weeks before being replaced with the next one. They are made from clear plastic, so they are nearly invisible.
Once the treatment is finished the teeth need to be held in position for a time. This is called the retention' period, and the appliances that hold the teeth in place are called retainer.
Invisalign The Clear Alternate to Braces
The Invisalign System is a virtually invisible treatment that uses an innovative approach to effectively straighten teeth. Invisalign treatment uses a series of custom made removable aligners with unique Smart Force technology that gradually moves your teeth to the ideal position.
How does the Invisalign System work?
Step1- Initially, your Invisalign-trained doctor will take photos, Xrays if required. Then a digital scan or impression is taken to create treatment plan.
Step2- these records are used along with the treatment prescribed by your dentist to create a customised 3D treatment plan just for you. You will be able to see the final position your teeth are predicted to reach after your treatment. This plan is used to develop your customised aligners and also estimate the likely length of your treatment. You can decide to proceed for the treatment at this stage.
Step3-The customised aligners will be manufactured and shipped to your doctors office.
Step4- Your series of custom made aligners will be given to you(typically 3-4 sets a time) for you to wear everyday n change as told by your doctor.
Step5-You will be visiting your doctor 6-8 weeks to monitor the progress and receive the next series of aligners.
Step6- After you have finished with the treatment, you may need to use retainers to help make sure the new position of your teeth are maintained.
Gapped Teeth- when there is considerable space between at least teo of your teeth, and can cause gum problems.
Crossbite- When upper and lower jaws are both misaligned and reverse leading to wear n tear n thus bone loss
Overbite-when upper teeth bite over lower teeth.
Underbite-when lower teeth protrude past the front upper teeth ,preventing normal function
Overcrowding-when there is lack of room with in jaw for all your teeth to fit normally, leading to plaque accumulation thereby weakening gums.
Open bite- when upper and lower teeth are unable to make physical contact when the jaws are closed, making chewing and even talkin difficult.