Orthodontic Treatment

Today's braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past when a metal band with a bracket (the part of the braces that hold the wire) was placed around each tooth.
At Omega Dental Clinic more and more adult patients prefer tooth coloured ceramic brackets, making orthodontics virtually invisible.Thus only minimal show of metal is present. Dr. Hari,our orthodontist is a postgraduate from All India Institute of Dental Sciences, New Delhi, one of the premier dental schools in India. He performs complex procedures like lingual orthodontics where no brackets are visible outside as they are fixed to the back of the teeth.
He also treats patients with Clearpath which is similar to Invisalign, which uses a series of removable, almost invisible trays to correct malalignment & other problems.

Braces For Your Child

The value of an attractive smile should not be underestimated. A pleasing appearance is a vital asset to one's self-confidence. A person's self-esteem often improves as treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. In this way, orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one's general attitude toward life.
Of course, you want your child's teeth to look their best. If they don't, he or she may feel self-conscious. Poorly arranged teeth can break easily and can trap food particles that cause tooth decay, gum disease and jaw problems. That's where we can help.
Modern advances in orthodontics have made braces less noticeable and a more desirable alternative for improving the appearance of your teeth. Braces help create straighter teeth, a proper bite, and a great smile! What about braces for adults?

When should my child's treatment start?

Early treatment can simplify later treatment. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children should be evaluated at age 8. Although only a few of the patients need treatment at this time, it can often improve improper growth and prevent future problems. For some of these problems, early intervention is essential for a good result.

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

The benefits of orthodontics can last a lifetime.

  • A nicer smile!
  • Better looks and more self-confidence.
  • Less likeliness of tooth decay, gum disease or jaw problems.
  • Teeth will be less likely to chip or break.
  • A better ability to chew.

Why start early?

Early treatment will help permanent teeth grow into the right place and the jaws to fit together well. By starting early, you've given your child the best chance for the best results.

Why Does My Child Need This Treatment?

Either genetics or environmental factors may have influenced the development of your child's jaws and muscles. For example, your child might have inherited a small jaw from one parent and large teeth from the other. Or, your child might suck his or her thumb or have a sleeping pattern that has affected how the cheeks and jaws have developed.

What's Involved in Treatment?

Early treatment may last a year or longer. Your child may wear some braces during this time, but they will be used mainly as an anchor for other appliances that will influence the growth of bone and muscle. In most cases, a second phase of orthodontic treatment (full braces) is also necessary. This phase is usually started after all the permanent teeth have appeared. It helps move the teeth into their final positions.

How do I start my child's treatment in your office?

During the first visit. We will examine your child's face, jaw and teeth. We can then tell you whether your child needs treatment and what type of treatment will be involved. If you decide to go ahead with your child's treatment, we will ask you to take orthodontic x-rays, molds and photos of your child's face and teeth.

Your Treatment Schedule

After we have studied your child's orthodontic problem, we will explain your child's bite problem. You will be told when treatment should begin, how long it will take, and the kinds of appliances your child will wear. New techniques make treatment faster and more comfortable than ever before.

What about cost?

The cost of Orthodontic treatment varies from individual to individual and are based on different conditions. After your first examination, we'll accurately assess your dental health and can better answer your questions. We understand your concerns. Many patients in our office have the same concerns. We tailor treatment plans to fit within patient's budget.Generally, treatment fees may be paid over the course of active treatment. Arrangements commonly offered in orthodontic offices may include an initial down payment with monthly installments.Our goal is not to let expense prevent you from benefiting from the quality of care you desire and need. We can do the same thing for you. Call us for a Free Consultation

Adult Orthodontics

Am I too old for braces?

No. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile. Adults are finding out that braces aren't just for children anymore.

Will braces only straighten my teeth, or will they also improve my bite?

Both. Many adults are turning to braces to correct problems with their bite and straighten teeth, recognizing the benefits of reduced wear, reduced incidence of TMJ problems and increased self-esteem.

Do many adults get braces?

Many patients in our practice are adults and the numbers are growing. Adults are often hesitant at first, but after the braces are in they find it is not as difficult as they expected. They also discover that braces have no effect on how others perceive them.

Are there less noticeable braces?

Today's braces are generally less noticeable than those of the past when a metal band with a bracket (the part of the braces that hold the wire) was placed around each tooth. Now the front teeth typically have only the bracket bonded directly to the tooth, minimizing the "tin grin." Brackets can be metal, clear or colored, depending on the patient's preference. In some cases, brackets may be bonded behind the teeth (lingual braces). Modern wires are also less noticeable than earlier ones. Some of today's wires are made of "space age" materials that exert a steady, gentle pressure on the teeth, so that the tooth-moving process may be faster and more comfortable for patients. A type of clear orthodontic wire is currently in an experimental stage.

Do teeth with braces need special care?

Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to the orthodontist's office.
Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.
The orthodontist and staff will teach patients how to best care for their teeth, gums and braces during treatment. The orthodontist will tell patients (and/or their parents) how often to brush, how often to floss, and, if necessary, suggest other cleaning aids that might help the patient maintain good dental health.

How important is patient cooperation during orthodontic treatment?

Successful orthodontic treatment is a "two-way street" that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescibed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their desired positions if the patient consistently wears the forces to the teeth, such as rubber bands, as prescribed. Patients who do their part consistently make themselves look good and their orthodontist look smart.

Getting Braces

You can choose between braces made of metal, ceramic or plastic. However, orthodontic treatment usually is done using stainless-steel brackets. Ceramic or plastic brackets often are chosen for cosmetic reasons, but plastic brackets may stain and discolor by the end of treatment. Plastic and ceramic bands also have more friction between the wire and brackets, which can increase treatment time. Our orthodontist will discuss the available options.