Orthodontic Dentistry

Early Orthodontics Could Mean Less Treatment Later


It's never too late, or too early to think about braces. It could be a child starting school or a young adult graduating from college or a mature adult. If you observe old school pictures from the 1970s or '80s, it would be common to see many smiles which are framed with heavy metal braces. It's a sight that's much less common in high schools today. That’s because children these days tend to get braces at a much earlier age. There are some patients with special problems who begin orthodontic treatment at age 7 or younger.


When is the best time to begin treatment?


Orthodontic treatment can be started on certain types of tooth problems before all permanent teeth have erupted. Early treatment usually begins after the four permanent upper and lower front teeth have erupted (age 7-9) and recommended when any of the problems illustrated on this page are apparent.


The advantages of early treatment include:


  • Moving the front teeth back so they will be less susceptible to injury.
  • Improving the relationship to upper and lower jaws, allowing more normal future growth and development.
  • Using maximum advantage of growth for successful treatment.
  • Improving facial appearance and self-esteem

Adolescent and Adult treatment


Today, more than 30% of orthodontic patients are over 18 years old. Crooked teeth, improper bite, overcrowding and ‘Buck teeth’ are now being corrected in many people, regardless of age. The major difference between the orthodontic treatment for adults and children is that adult bones are no longer growing. This means that it may take a little longer for adult teeth to move into their correct position. In general, adult treatment takes between 12 and 21 months.


Adolescent and adults have more choices than ever before to be able to correct their smiles. From traditional braces to "clear" braces, the number of effective and cosmetically pleasing treatment option is growing all the time.


Treatment Timing and Phases


Orthodontic treatment can be completed in one full length treatment or broken into two separate treatment phases with a maintenance phase between the two. Please keep in mind that treatment times depend on several factors.


Treatment usually takes 12 weeks to 15 months (at 7 to 9 years of age) and a variety of appliances may be used to correct specific problems.


  • Braces – Placed on the upper, and sometimes lower, permanent teeth
  • Rapid palatal expander – To widen the upper jaw
  • Functional appliance – A removable appliance worn to redirect jaw growth


During the time between the first and second phase, the patient will be seen approximately two times per year. The patient may wear a retainer during the maintenance phase.

During the first phase of treatment, the doctors have no control over 16 un-erupted permanent teeth. If they grow in and problems still exist, further treatment will be required. Treatment usually takes 12 to 20 months at age 12 to 13 years.

If no early treatment is needed, treatment will be started when all permanent teeth have erupted. Full treatment usually takes 12-24 months at 12 to 14 years of age. The length of treatment depends on several factors including:


  • Severity of the problem
  • Age of the patient
  • Patient cooperation
  • Consistency in keeping appointments


Aesthetic Braces: Aesthetic Braces give you a lot of smile about. When you’re wearing Aesthetic Braces, your natural beauty shines through every time you smile.


Smooth, sculptured and translucent, Aesthetic Braces are the ultimate fashion accessory in orthodontic wear.

Aesthetic braces won’t stain or discolour and will look at good the day they come off as the day your orthodontist put them on.

SmartClip Self Ligating Braces: SmartClip Braces are the modern choice in orthodontics. They are computer designed and use a special nickel-titanium metal alloy to make your treatment more comfortable, save time and give you the result you want – a beautiful new smile.


SmartClip braces are different. They don’t use ligatures to hold the archwire... They're self-ligating. Instead of elastic bands, SmartClip braces use small metal clips to hold the archwire into the bracket. So you can forget about the problems associated with elastic bands.


Invisalign


Choose the nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth.


Very few people have naturally straight teeth. And for years, braces were the only option until now. Introducing Invisalign, a revolutionary new way to straighten teeth without braces – so invisible, you’ll be the only one that knows.


Invisalign uses a series of nearly undetectable aligners instead of brackets and wires. So, if it’s really hard for people to tell you’re wearing Invisalign even up close. Invisalign can give you the smile you’ve always wanted without the braces you’ve always avoided.


Retention


As soon as your treatment is complete and your braces are removed, you will be given retainers. Proper use of your retainer is essential to establish a stable tooth relationship and keep your smile looking beautiful. Retainers should always be worn as directed by Dr. Bhagat.


An Investment in your future


You can be sure we’ll do everything possible to guarantee that your orthodontic investment is a wise choice for many years to come. The orthodontic brackets you’ll be wearing are made from quality materials polished to a smooth rounded surface with the smallest dimensions possible. The brackets are less noticeable, more hygienic and far more attractive than they were in the past.


We think it’s important for you to know that the brackets you’ll be wearing are new. Our orthodontics practice does not use reconditioned brackets. We assure you of the best treatment in the shortest period of time. During the testament, it will be especially important to follow all of our instructions. Good oral hygiene is of utmost importance during orthodontic treatment. We’ll tell you the best way to keep your teeth clean and your brackets sparking.


You can be sure that our orthodontic treatment will be an investment that will benefit you for a lifetime.