Braces straighten out crooked teeth and help your jaws and chewing muscles grow into a good bite. Your smile and profile look better and your teeth stay healthier.
By wearing braces while you’re young, you may not have to wear them as long later, as a teenager. Orthodontics (also called Dentofacial Orthopedics) gives you a head start on your winning smile.
Your teeth and jaws are like your fingerprint, as special as you are. So your orthodontist first looks at your profile, jaws, and teeth, and watches how you bite and swallow. Your orthodontist also asks questions about your teeth. If you have any questions about your braces, this is a good time to ask.
X-rays show your head, face , jaw bones, and all of your teeth. These are used to measure your teeth and jaws and plan your treatment. Most of you will be asked to have two X- rays taken, the OPG (Orthopentomogram, which gives us all the information about your teeth) and Lat. Ceph. (Lateral Cephalogram which gives us the information about the jaws).
Impresssions are taken by biting into materials that later harden. These show how your teeth and jaws fit together. These help us see and remember how your teeth looked before treatment started. Impressions are also taken at the end of treatment to compare and understand the changes we have brought about for you.
Photographs of your profile, face, smile and teeth are taken before and after treatment. You can look forward to seeing pictures of your new smile after braces.
All of the above data i.e. your Xrays, Photographs and models are scanned and transferred to a computer system which has a special software which allows me to evaluate what your specific problem is and where is it that the problem is concentrated e.g. in your upper jaw or lower jaw or in the teeth themselves.
The special software also allows me to do mock procedures to predict how your face will look if we do different treatment procedures and hence allows me to finally choose a treatment plan most suitable for your case keeping in mind your end treatment goals, time frame available for treatment and treatment preferences i.e. choice of appliances.
WHY DO I NEED BRACES ?
After looking closely at your teeth and jaws, and studying your evaluation report generated by the software system your orthodontist may say you have a malocclusion. That means your teeth and jaws don't meet correctly. There are three kinds of malocclusions
, called Class I, Class II and Class III. You may have other orthodontic problems, too. Your orthodontist can use this page to show you what your orthodontic problem is.