Orthodontic Treatment

Our patients’ concerns are essential in individual treatment planning. Therefore we listen carefully to all our patients, regardless of age, before recommending any treatment. To achieve the best result and long-term stability, we address the cause of the problems and then focusing on the symptoms of crooked teeth.

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Orthodontic Treatment

Our patients’ concerns are essential in individual treatment planning. Therefore we listen carefully to all our patients, regardless of age, before recommending any treatment. To achieve the best result and long-term stability, we address the cause of the problems and then focusing on the symptoms of crooked teeth.

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Why Braces

Orthodontic treatment is to improve malocclusion (incorrect bite) due to jaw or tooth misalignment and second to this is a healthy and esthetic smile. Untreated malocclusions can have a negative impact a person’s self-esteem as well as oral health. It is difficult to clean and floss crowded teeth while a crossbite can cause teeth to wear uneven, and protruding teeth are easy to chip. Not to mention speech impediment and tongue thrusting as a result of an open bite.

How Braces Work

In orthodontic treatment, the teeth move as a result of force and pressure on the teeth. In a controlled manner, the teeth move when the arch wire puts pressure on the brackets (braces) and teeth. The braces have constant pressure, which gently force the teeth to move through the supporting bone to a desired position. Bone Remodelling takes place as the new bone grow to support the teeth in the new position. The movement needs to be done slowly otherwise a patient risk losing teeth. This is why braces are worn for periods 12 to 24 months, and adjustments are only made every 6 to 8 weeks.

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Most Common Orthodontic Problems

Most orthodontic problems are categorized as genetic (large or small teeth from a parent) or environmental (early loss of primary teeth usually result in space loss, thumb sucking, dummies, nail biting).

  • Crowding
  • Space
  • Deep bite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Missing teeth
  • Underbite

Most Common Orthodontic Problems

Most orthodontic problems are categorized as genetic (large or small teeth from a parent) or environmental (early loss of primary teeth usually result in space loss, thumb sucking, dummies, nail biting).

  • Crowding
  • Space
  • Deep bite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Missing teeth
  • Underbite

Early Treatment

Sometimes interceptive treatment, like creating space for extremely crowded erupting teeth or influencing jaw growth for facial symmetry, is necessary and require early intervention typically in children between seven and ten years of age. Every child’s treatment is different and only a thorough examination with growth and development evaluation can determine the orthodontic condition.

Adolescent Treatment

The most typical age to start orthodontic  treatment is in patients between 10 to 15 years of age.  This is the ideal time as most of the permanent teeth have erupted by the age of 12, and incorrect bites can easily be detected by an orthodontist as well as crooked teeth and gaps.  Children at this age grow fast and with rapid metabolisms may reduce the treatment time and the discomfort of braces.
The negative association of braces is not the concern of adolescents as many of them undergo treatment at this age.
Braces are cool, and so are they!

Adult Treatment

Though it is associated with childhood, orthodontic treatment can be used to correct misaligned teeth at nearly any stage or age of life, the only criteria is a healthy bone and gum structure.  Almost a quarter of our patients are adults, determine to have those vibrant smiles for healthy lifestyles.  The main reason for any orthodontic treatment is to correct or prevent further oral problems such as periodontal (gum) disease or early wearing off of tooth enamel. Bone loss around the teeth, incorrect bite or jaw problems left untreated may result in ear pain, headaches, cavities, chewing or speech problems and may worsen as one ages.
Orthodontic treatment is not only an intelligent investment in your dental, physical and emotional health but a tremendous boost for self-esteem as well as confidence.

Early Treatment

Sometimes interceptive treatment, like creating space for extremely crowded erupting teeth or influencing jaw growth for facial symmetry, is necessary and require early intervention typically in children between seven and ten years of age. Every child’s treatment is different and only a thorough examination with growth and development evaluation can determine the orthodontic condition.

Adolescent Treatment

The most typical age to start orthodontic  treatment is in patients between 10 to 15 years of age.  This is the ideal time as most of the permanent teeth have erupted by the age of 12, and incorrect bites can easily be detected by an orthodontist as well as crooked teeth and gaps.  Children at this age grow fast and with rapid metabolisms may reduce the treatment time and the discomfort of braces.
The negative association of braces is not the concern of adolescents as many of them undergo treatment at this age.
Braces are cool, and so are they!

Adult Treatment

Though it is associated with childhood, orthodontic treatment can be used to correct misaligned teeth at nearly any stage or age of life, the only criteria is a healthy bone and gum structure.  Almost a quarter of our patients are adults, determine to have those vibrant smiles for healthy lifestyles.  The main reason for any orthodontic treatment is to correct or prevent further oral problems such as periodontal (gum) disease or early wearing off of tooth enamel. Bone loss around the teeth, incorrect bite or jaw problems left untreated may result in ear pain, headaches, cavities, chewing or speech problems and may worsen as one ages.
Orthodontic treatment is not only an intelligent investment in your dental, physical and emotional health but a tremendous boost for self-esteem as well as confidence.

Types of Braces

Years of intensive research and modern technology has led to the development of today’s aesthetic and comfortable braces.  These appliances range from tiny silver metal brackets to transparent braces.

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