Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws and face, is in high demand. Why? Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth; it’s about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. And your smile will benefit immensely!
Most courses of orthodontic treatment begin with a referral from a general dentist to a specialist.
The best time for the first Orthodontic visit is between age 7-9 to assess dental development and guide the occlusion. Also using functional appliances to regulate the growth requires early attention to use the benefits of growth. When the permanent teeth are all erupted, it is never late to start the treatment although the sooner is the better.
It is impossible to give a definite answer. Simple cases may be completed in a few months; the average case may take 18-24 months, while complex cases may take three years or more, especially if jaw surgery is involved. Patients vary a lot as to how fast their teeth will move and this is something, which cannot be predicted in advance of treatment. On average cases needing extractions take longer than non-extraction cases. Cases involving jaw surgery will take longer.
|Treatment||Invisalign||Metalic brace||Ceramic brace||Invisible Brace (lingual)|
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|6 month smile||* ( limited)||*||*|
|Approximate treatment time||5-15 months||6-18 months||6-18 months||9-18 months|
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There is little evidence that orthodontic treatment in general confers such a benefit. However there are individual cases where treatment clearly has been beneficial.
Many patients will comment on how much they gain from a good smile.
This very much depends on your commitment to the treatment. As a general rule, patients who co-operate well with treatment get good results, whilst those who do not co-operate well, get poor results. Unless retainers are worn in the longer term, some settling and growth changes may occur after treatment.