“Orthodontic” means correction of teeth.
Most of the children present with different orthodontic problems including :
- Protruded teeth
- Spacing or crowding
- Imbalance in jaw growth (one jaw growing bigger compared to the other )
- Abnormally narrow upper arch
- Gummy smile
- Open bite ( upper and lower front teeth cannot meet while biting or at rest )
- Speech defects due to abnormal placement of teeth
- Crossbite (lower teeth coming forward than upper teeth )
Orthodontic problems could be purely dental / purely skeletal or combination of both. If the problem is confined to the teeth alone it can be treated at the age of 13yrs- 18yrs. It does not mean that it cannot be treated after that age, but it means best possible results can be achieved if the patient is treated at that time because of the adaptability of the bone. On the other way if there is imbalance in jaw growth then the treatment should start much before means from the age of 9yrs onwards ( where the patient is still having his/her milk teeth) to modify and redirect the growth of jaws. Modifying jaw growth is only possible when the child is yet to reach puberty and the bones are soft enough to undergo any change. Growth modification is done painlessly with different kind of removable appliances but not with regular fixed appliances. Regular braces are fixed only when it is confirmed the jaw balance had achieved and all the permanent teeth have arrived. This kind of treatment is called “Two phase treatment”. Jaw modification is not possible when there is no growth left and orthognathic surgery is the only solution in such cases.
we recommend you to get your child to have an orthodontic checkup as soon as you notice any of these problems in your child
Special orthodontic services
- Interceptive orthodontic treatment
- Adult orthodontics.
- Cleft palate treatment.
- Lingual braces ( braces on backside of teeth ).
- Orthognathic surgery for jaw problems in adults.
INTERCEPTIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT
- Is your child suffering from prolonged cold and nasal congestion?
- Is he/she breathing through his/ her mouth instead of nose?
- Is he/ she keeping mouth open most of the time?