Orthodontics

What are dental braces?

Dental braces are also known as braces and orthodontic braces. There are different types of braces that are used in orthodontics which help to position and straighten the teeth so that the bite of a person is aligned and which also benefits dental or oral health.

When is it necessary for a child to have an orthodontic consultation?

Normally a child can be taken to visit an orthodontist by the age of six. In case there is a jaw or a dental problem, this can be corrected or a periodic check up is necessary once in six months. If the lower jaw has grown beyond the necessary limit, the orthodontist would recommend immediate correction or if the teeth have irregularities, then an orthodontic consultation is a must along with correction of the impairment/s which is important when a child is growing rather than attending to the problem later.

What is the time duration for orthodontic treatment?

The orthodontic treatment would vary depending on the procedure required for the jaws or the teeth or both. With the advance of technology and years of experience, the orthodontist would use the necessary procedures such as fixed braces which would require a time period of 1-2 years where all the permanent teeth have grown with very little discrepancy of the jaw. It takes three to four years to correct jaw discrepancies in children who are growing. The treatment for the correction of the jaw takes place in two phases. During the first phase, appliances for modified growth would be used by the orthodontist and the second phase would involve application of fixed braces to place the teeth in the right positions.