What are Braces?
Braces are custom made appliances that apply pressure to straighten the teeth and correct bite problems. While some orthodontists still prefer metal braces, newer materials and other technological advances have made smaller, less noticeable braces available. Instead of metal, you maybe able to wear tooth coloured ceramic braces, lingual or removable clear aligners. Braces aren't just for teenagers – it’s never too late to improve your dental health and improve your smile.
Types of Braces
Metal Braces are made of high grade stainless steel brackets and wire. These are the most common type of braces used in kids. The elastics come in a variety of colours which the kids can select from.
Clear Ceramic Braces work the same way as the metal braces. Their main advantage is that the brackets and wire blend with the colour of the teeth and offer a much less noticeable appearance. They are preferred by patients who do not want metal visible in their mouth.
Lingual (or concealed) Braces have brackets and wire that attach to the inside of the teeth (palate and tongue) and hence they are hidden from view.
"Invisible" Braces are a series of clear, customized removable appliances called aligners. Not only are these braces less visible but they also are removable. Their main advantage is that they won't trap food and plaque between the teeth unlike metal or ceramic braces. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks and only removed for eating, brushing and flossing. This maybe an option for individuals with mild orthodontic problems.
Why do adults require braces?
Some adults never received orthodontic treatment as children to correct their dental problems. These problems could have been crooked or crowded teeth, overbite, under bite, incorrect jaw position or TMJ disorders. If still left untreated, these problems may result in tooth decay, gum disease, headaches as well as functional problems of speaking, biting and chewing.
Is Orthodontic treatment different for adults?
Braces can provide adults the same benefits similar to children. However, treatment takes longer than it does for children since their bones are more dense due to age and jaw growth has stopped. The average adult wears braces for 18 months to 3years. Both children and adults need to wear a retainer once the braces are removed to prevent relapse.
How can I find out if I need braces?
Consult your orthodontist and book an appointment for evaluation. The initial consultation provides an opportunity to discuss questions about your orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontists in New Delhi, India will be able to answer your queries like:What is the cost involved?
Any payment plans for the treatment?
How will the braces correct my problem?
How long will be the treatment time?
Will I need extractions? If so, how many teeth will need to be removed?
What will be the frequency of dental visits?
Will I require a retainer after the treatment?
Caring for your Braces
Once you’ve got your braces placed, it is important to take good care of your teeth. For queries about teeth braces in New Delhi, you can consult us using our ‘Enquiry Form’. There are certain foods that should you avoid and maintain good brushing habit.Avoid hard and sticky foods as they can break or damage the wires and brackets.
Avoid eating sugary foods because they cause tooth decay and stick to your braces.
Avoid nail biting, can opening, pen chewing with your braces.
Brush and floss your teeth three times daily to avoid accumulation of food particles.
Replace your orthodontic toothbrush every 3 months.