In orthodontics, achieving the best result depends on several factors. Timing is a crucial one among these factors. We aim to start the treatment not too early so that we do not to loose the motivation of the young patient and more importantly limit the duration of braces in the mouth. Especially oral hygiene could be an issue with children. Prolonged treatment with bad oral hygiene may result in enamel defects. Our aim is straightening teeth with no harm at all. Of course delaying a treatment may result in a more complex treatment. The best is checking the dentition and skeletal growth potential of patient and making a decision based on that.
There are some discrepancies that needs to be addressed at an age as early as 7. Therefore if you suspect a problem you should visit an orthodontist starting from age 7. Your child may not need an active treatment at that age, but some preventive measures may help with potentially developing problem.
For problems that concerns the bite, it is very important to take care of them while children are still in their growth spurt.
It is crucial to keep in mind that, child’s motivation and acceptance of braces decrease with age.
As well as dental health, having straight teeth is an important factor on self-esteem of growing person.
Types of Braces
They are made of soft silicone or similar material and help to guide eruption of teeth and corrects the bite of the young patients who do not have abnormal bite pattern. Normally worn a few hours of day time and throughout the night.
These are custom made colourful plastic-acrylic appliances with wire components to hold on to teeth. They can be taken out to eat. They are used for:
- Minor tooth movements
- Expanding a narrow jaw
- Correcting top and bottom jaw relationship and bite. These removable braces are called functional appliances. They guide the jaws and surrounding tissues to have ideal position with the help of the muscles. For example, if your child is having top teeth and jaw sticking out, this could be the ideal treatment modality.
These are the braces we spot in a lot of kids’ mouth. Although they may not be as efficient as removable braces to address the problems concerning jaw itself, they are the braces that give us the chance to align the teeth in perfect position, and create beautiful smiles.
They may be metal, which is the general choice for young patients or ceramic.
Metal ones are more durable and easy to handle for orthodontist.
Tooth coloured, ceramic, ones posses superior aesthetic advantage. There is also completely transparent sapphire monocrystalline, or polycrystalline brackets. We call them in general aesthetic brackets.
Even thogh quite a big group of patients need combined treatment of removable and fixed braces, today tendency is finding solution with only fixed braces. Several fixed appliance attachments are used to eliminate removable braces if possible.
Clear Trays (Inivisalign)
Clear trays orthodontic treatment, commonly referred to as clear aligners, is a modern approach to straightening teeth. These transparent, removable trays are custom-made to fit snugly over the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. Clear trays offer several advantages, such as improved aesthetics and comfort compared to traditional braces. They are virtually invisible, making them an appealing option for those who are self-conscious about wearing braces. Additionally, the trays can be easily removed for eating and oral hygiene, allowing for greater flexibility and convenience. Clear trays orthodontic treatment provides an effective and discreet solution for achieving a confident, well-aligned smile.