We live in a very image-conscious society and impressions are made within a few seconds. Straightening teeth makes a difference and can ultimately make or break your chances of getting certain opportunities.
Find out how braces can …
- Enhance your over all Appearance & Confidence.
- Improve Health of your teeth.
- Make your smile attractive.
Braces are not only for kids. Presently, 25% of the orthodontic patients are over 18; people as old as 60 have had successful orthodontic treatment. Read on to find out more about braces. The risks and rewards, and what you can do to improve your and your children’s dental health.You usually think about your jaw as being solid like a rock, but when you are growing your jaw is really more like clay. If you apply pressure to your jaw, you can get your jaw to stretch, it can get wider, or it can be moved back. Still, the important thing is that when your braces pull on your jaw, the braces change the shape of your jaw. In the same way, if you push on your teeth, your teeth will move around in your mouth. The orthodontist uses that fact that he can apply force to get your jaw and teeth to move, to stretch your mouth so all your teeth fit. If your top jaw is too small, the orthodontist can install a special gadget called a “palatal expander” to get your jaw to grow wider. If your teeth stick out, your orthodontist can install another gadget called a “face-bow” to push the back teeth back. In that way, orthodontist is able to move around individual teeth and expand your jaw so that all of your teeth fit correctly in your mouth.
What are the early signs of Orthodontic problems ?
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Our orthodontist is the best person to detect such problem.
Although, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontist Dr. Naman Vora’s advice.
– Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth.
If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.
Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth.
1. Do the upper teeth protrude?
Excessive protrusion of the upper front teeth – “buck teeth”– is by far the most common orthodontic problem.
2. Is there a deep bite?
The upper front teeth cover the lower front teeth too much.
3. Is there an underbite?
The upper teeth fit inside the arch of the lower teeth.
4. Is there an open bite?
The child can stick his or her tongue between the upper and lower front teeth when the back teeth are together.
5. Is there too little or too much room for the teeth?
Crowded or overlapped teeth or noticeably large gaps between teeth.
6. Do the front teeth line up?
The spaces between the two upper front teeth and the two lower front teeth should line up with each other and both should line up with the bridge of the nose. When they do not, the probable cause is drifted teeth or a shifted lower jaw, resulting in an improper bite.
|7. Is there a cross bite?The upper back teeth fit inside, rather than outside of the lowers.|
THE TRUE TEST
If you still are not sure that you and your family can benefit from orthodontic care, just think about your answers to the following questions:
- Do you feel awkward or self-conscious about your smile? Your child’s smile?
- When the camera shutter opens, do your lips close?
- When you look at your smile, do you like what you see? Your child’s smile?
Dr.Naman Vora truly believes that successful orthodontic treatment will unlock the power of your smile. If you notice that you or your family has any of these concerns, please feel free to contact us for a consultation!
The correct time for first Orthodontic check up is by the age of 7
Advantages of early checkup
An early orthodontic screening assures that your child’s smile will be healthy and look its best. Early orthodontic treatment, if indicated, can help minimize the need for more extensive treatment at a later date, such as extraction of permanent teeth. Early treatment may also help your child’s self-esteem – a fragile asset that’s so important in growing up.
What could be more beautiful to you as a parent than your child’s smile?
Seek treatment early if your child has:
1. Difficulty in chewing.
2. Open-mouth breathing.
3. a single front tooth in cross bite leading to gum level shifting .
4. Thumb or finger sucking.
5. Overlapping or crowding of erupting permanent teeth.
6. Jaws that click or pop.
7. Biting of the cheek or into the roof of the mouth.
8. Speech problems.
9. Grinding or wearing down of teeth.
10. Obvious abnormal bite development of any kind.
Can Adult really get braces ?
Most adults get orthodontic treatment because they realize that taking care of their smile is part of taking care of them self.
Many people did not get braces when they were young. Either their parents were not aware of their problem or they could not afford braces, or their teeth could not be straightened with the techniques of 40 years ago. Now they have realized problems with their teeth and gums and are unhappy with their smile. They can afford braces now, and want to do something for themselves so they get braces.
Presently as much as 1/4 of the orthodontic treatment being done at our clinic is being done on adult patients. It is quite a change from 20 years ago when orthodontists were only mainly ctreating children.
Some of the famous personalities who wore braces are:
- Martina Hingis – Swiss teenage tennis player wore braces in competition
- Anna Kornikova also had braces
- William sisters had braces
- Chelsea Clinton – Had braces for over a year while her dad was president.
- Prince Harry also wore metal braces.
- Tom Cruise got braces in 2002.