What are retainers?

Retainers are removable plates or wires given to prevent teeth from moving after the orthodontic treatment is completed. The teeth have a tendency to shift from their corrected positions as the bone supporting them is softer when the braces are removed and also there are a number of forces acting...

Can aesthetic treatment substitute for orthodontic treatment?

Cosmetic or aesthetic dentistry is a recently developed branch of dentistry that deals with the shape, size and the colour of the teeth. It may be useful in minor corrections of irregular teeth but it cannot substitute for orthodontic treatment. And it does not give a life-long solution for ortho...

Isn’t orthodontic treatment very expensive?

It is a relative term. Orthodontic treatment costs so much because the treatment goes on for a long duration. The appliances used are expensive. There are certain expenses incurred to maintain a high level of sterilization of equipment and asepsis of the clinic. The fees are professional charges ...

How much would orthodontic treatment cost?

Different orthodontic problems need different treatment modalities and different duration of treatment times. So the fees are decided according to the condition to be treated. The treatment fees differ from patient to patient as their conditions differ. The fees may vary from Rs.10,000/- for mino...

How much time is required for orthodontic treatment?

The duration of orthodontic treatment varies according to the condition of the teeth and jaws at the beginning. On an average, treatment with the fixed braces takes about 1.5 to 2 years in cases where all the permanent teeth have erupted and there is minimal jaw discrepancy. In growing children w...

Up to what age can an adult be treated for orthodontic problems?

There is no upper age limit for treating an adult. Persons in their 40’s and 50’s and even 60’s can also be treated for orthodontic problems. The deciding factors would be the condition of the teeth and the supporting structures like gums and bone.

At what age should orthodontic treatment occur?

Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children receive an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. As most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth at this time, orthodontist can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emer...

How important is orthodontic treatment?

In addition to improving oral function and long-term dental health, orthodontic treatment brings about a tremendous improvement in facial appearance and smile. In today’s world good appearance and a good smile go a long way in making a person feel confident and comfortable with one’s self. People...