» Can orthodontic treatment do for me what it does for children?
Yes. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic forces move the teeth in the same way for both adults and children, but adult treatment may take longer due to the maturity of the bone.
How long will treatment take?
Simple closure of spaces takes a few months. More complicated cases may take upto 2 years. Call us at 22618444 for a consult to evaluate your case.
Will I look funny?
No. Adult patients make upto 40% of our orthodontic practice. It is becoming a more common option for adults who are unhappy with their present appearance.
IF you are concerned about the “metal look”, then we offer ceramic braces which are tooth coloured and Lingual braces and Invisalign for select cases.
Often treatment time is much lesser as limited movements are required.
Is treatment permanent?
Orthodontists across the world point to a 95 percent permanent improvement rate. Teeth, like all parts of the body, are constantly changing and adapting. You must remember teeth that have been crooked for years have marvelous memories. Minor movement or relapse must be expected, but conscientious wear of retainers following treatment can minimize these changes.
I am too busy. How will I manage?
We respect your time. If you are motivated to go through treatment, rest assured that your appointments will be conveniently positioned and you will spend no time waiting. Moreover, you need to see us as infrequently as once in 4-5 weeks.
I have painful jaw muscles and jaw joints - can you help?
One of the problems commonly associated with jaw muscle and jaw joint discomfort is bruxing, that is, habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth, particularly at night. Bruxism is a muscle habit pattern that can cause severe wearing of the teeth, and overloading and trauma to the jaw joint structures. Chronically or acutely sore and painful jaw muscles may accompany the bruxing habit. We can help diagnose this problem. We may place a bite splint or nightguard appliance that can protect the teeth and help jaw muscles relax, substantially reducing the original pain symptoms. We have had considerable success with these splints. Sometimes structural damage can require joint surgery and/or restoration of damaged teeth.
My family dentist said I need to have some missing teeth replaced, but I need orthodontic treatment first - why?
Your dentist is probably recommending orthodontics so that he or she might treat you in the best manner possible to bring you to optimal dental health. Many complicated tooth restorations, such as crowns, bridges and implants, can be best accomplished when the remaining teeth are properly aligned and the bite is correct.
When permanent teeth are lost, it is common for the remaining teeth to drift, tip or shift. This movement can create a poor bite and uneven spacing that cannot be restored properly unless the missing teeth are replaced. Tipped teeth usually need to be straightened so they can withstand normal biting pressures in the future.
My teeth have been crooked for many years - why should I have orthodontic treatment now?
It’s never too late! Orthodontic treatment, when indicated, is a positive step—especially for adults who have endured a long-standing problem. Orthodontic treatment can restore good function. And teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter the age.
» Is orthodontic treatment affordable?
Patients are finding that braces are more affordable today than ever. The cost of orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including the severity of the problem, its complexity and the length of treatment. We will be glad to discuss the cost with you before treatment begins. We have a variety of convenient payment plans. Often there are combined plans available for parents and children who have treatment at the same time.
» I am pregnant and want to begin orthodontic treatment. Is this OK?
Pregnancy brings on bodily changes that can affect the mouth. Soft tissues such as gums become much more susceptible to infection. The possible need for x-rays during the pregnancy is not advised. We advise you to discuss this question with your medical practitioner/physician before you start orthodontic treatment.
» I see ads for perfect teeth in only one or two visits to the dentist. Will that give me straight teeth?
Ads are after all misleading most times. Get your crooked teeth evaluated by us so that the most appropriate treatment plan can be suggested. Quick fix methods like slicing off a crooked tooth and putting on a veneer is a recipe for disaster.