Frequently Asked Questions
Reasons you may require braces / orthodontics treatment?
- Irregular pattern of teeth.
- Smile that exposes too much gum.
- Gaps between teeth (Diastemas).
- Inability to bite or chew properly.
- Jaw related problems.
- Improper habits such as thumb/finger sucking and mouth breathing.
Suitable age for braces?
The ideal age for braces is between 9-15 years.
This is when the milk teeth has successfully shed and the movement of the permanent teeth can be controlled for desirable positioning in the jaws.
Orthodontic treatment can also be initiated earlier in case of jaw related problems or to break habits that can lead to malocclusion (misalignment of teeth and jaws).
How long does orthodontic teatment take?
For a case that does not include modifying or controlling jaw/facial growth, the orthodontic treatment may take from 2-3 years.
This duration include initial alignment, correcting occlusion, correction of anterior and posterior bites, and maintaining new individual tooth positions.
What happens after the braces are removed?
Right after the removal of the fixed braces, patients are either given permanent or removable retainers based on the nature of their case. Both types are effective and should be worn daily to maintain the new orthodontically corrected smile.
The purpose of the retainers is to keep the teeth retained at their new positions and to prevent relapse. Failure to regularly wear retainers can cause teeth to return to their original positions.