TEETH ALLIGNMENT

Orthodontics, the branch of dentistry concerned with the growth of the teeth, jaws, and face, is in high demand. 

Orthodontic treatment is about making the best of your teeth; it’s about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws. Once you can bite together correctly, you can eat more comfortably and care for your teeth and gums more easily. And your smile will benefit immensely!

The Starting Point of most courses of orthodontic treatment begins with a referral from a general dentist to a specialist.

Depending on what treatment is needed, most patients are seen by a specialist in a local practice or by a consultant in a hospital. Some patients are treated by dentists with extra training and experience to treat milder cases.

 These are some of the most common reasons for a referral:

  • Protruding upper front teeth – one of the most common dental problems
  • Crowding – a narrow jaw may mean there is not enough room for your teeth, resulting in crowding. Conversely, some patients have significant gaps between their teeth.
  • Asymmetry – particularly when the center lines of the upper and lower front teeth do not match, perhaps because the teeth have drifted or the position of the jaw has shifted.
  • A deep bite – when your upper teeth cover the lower teeth too much
  • A reverse bite – when your upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth
  • An open bite – when your front teeth remain apart when your back teeth meet; the tongue is often still visible between the upper and lower front teeth.
  • Impacted teeth – in some patients, secondary teeth come through in the wrong position or do not erupt at all. Orthodontic treatment can help bring these teeth into the correct position.

GETTING TREATMENT

Every patient needs tailor-made treatment, planned by the orthodontist and agreed with you, the patient. Our specialist at Dr. Pandit’s Dental Clinic at Pune examines your situation and offers customized treatment.

In order to decide what treatment is required for you, your orthodontist will need to carry out a full assessment of your teeth which is likely to include x-rays, impressions (moulds of the teeth), and photographs. 

Treatment can take more than two years so it is important you are happy from the outset with what is recommended. Braces are almost always needed. Those which are used most often are:

A fixed brace – this is the most common type of brace today, often known as “train tracks”. Brackets are glued onto the teeth and linked by wires. Small elastic hoops are often used to hold the wire in position. The wires exert gentle pressure to move the teeth into a new position. The brackets can be metal, ceramic, or even gold and the elastic hoops come in many colours.

A removable brace – this is sometimes used for correcting a simple problem, such as moving a single tooth or expanding the dental arch. It has a plastic baseplate with wires and springs attached. Removable braces need to be worn all the time except for cleaning or sport.

Functional appliances – these are used to harness the growth of the jaws and improve the way the upper and lower teeth meet. There are several designs all of which fit onto both the upper and lower teeth and hold the lower jaw forward. They are mostly removable but should be worn as near to full-time as possible

Retainers – at the end of treatment, all patients should wear retainers to hold their teeth in the new position. These can be removable or fixed and are an important part of treatment.

CERAMIC BRACES

Traditionally, braces have consisted of metal brackets and wires. However, some people have feared the idea of a “metal mouth” so much that they refuse to wear braces altogether, missing out on the possibility of a beautiful smile. For this reason, orthodontic research began to focus on less visible options.

Those wanting “invisible” braces can choose from four options:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Sapphire braces
  • lingual braces
  • Invisalign.

Ceramic, sapphire, and lingual braces all function the same way as metal braces. Brackets are glued to the front of your teeth. 

A wire is shaped into the ideal position of your teeth, then threaded through the brackets. As the wire struggles to get back to its original shape, it gradually pressures your teeth into that shape as well. 

Your orthodontist (a dentist trained in tooth movement and dentofacial orthopedics) will tighten the wires every four to six weeks. You should see a nice, straight smile within two or two and a half years (though this time period can be shorter or longer, depending on the severity of your problem). 

Once your braces come off, you will likely wear a retainer for six months to a year, to keep your teeth from shifting and make sure your new smile stays in place.

The difference, though, is that these three types of braces don’t look like traditional braces. 

Ceramic brackets are transparent and blend in with the teeth. Sapphire brackets are also very transparent, but tend to look best against very white teeth (otherwise, they can stand out). 

Both of these types of braces are placed on the front of the teeth and are barely visible from over a meter away, or in photographs. Lingual brackets and wires, meanwhile, are glued onto the back of the teeth, making them completely invisible when you smile.

ClearPath Aligner

ClearPath Aligners are USFDA APPROVED, removable medical grade plastic appliances which the patient wears instead of brackets and wires to correct the malocclusion. Dental aligners are a modern alternative to braces, for teeth that are in need of straightening.

A Clear change to the concept of Cosmetic and Adult Orthodontic treatment without using conventional methods of wires and brackets. 

Adults wouldn’t have asked for a better choice to correct their malocclusion without social inhibitions.

ClearPath dental Aligners also offer predictable results visualization even before the treatment Clear Aligners are clear removable cosmetic appliances designed for minor teeth movement of patients.

What are Clear Aligners?

  • Clear Aligners are substitutes to traditional braces and are made to help guide teeth into their real position. 
  • Like braces, clear aligners also use a tool that controls tooth movement, but without those ugly metal braces. 
  • The aligners are made of medical-grade plastic material and are designed to fit each individual’s mouth.
  • If a number of aligners are made, each aligner moves the teeth a little till the final desired position is achieved.

 

 Dental aligners are supposed to be worn for at least of minimum 20 hours a day to reach the desired results. Each aligner is worn for two weeks before switching to the next one. 

 

The length of treatment with dental aligners depends upon the complexity of the case. Normally, aligner treatment can be as short as three months or as long as 48 months as well. But in spite of this, it is a much shorter treatment than traditional braces.

How do Clear Aligners work?

Clear orthodontic aligners are a substitute for traditional braces that are used to move the teeth and alter your smile without much intervention to your daily routine life.

These are removable trays made of clear plastic which is nearly invisible.

When using aligners, a series of slightly different trays are tailor-made in order to fit over your teeth. You must wear each one for a period of 20 hours a day for two weeks before switching to the next in the line. 

The aligners are computer-generated, fabricated by top-notch techniques based on models and images of your own teeth.

Advantages of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners

There are several benefits to using clear aligners:

  1. Since Clear aligners are removable, so it is easier to brush and floss after meals
  2. Clear aligners are easier to maintain and clean
  3. Clear aligners are cozy and do not irritate your gums and cheeks

The smile you deserve is within your reach now!

ClearPath provides new improved quality USFDA APPROVED aligners through its unique process. These provide a hygienic, convenient, and clear solution for the correction of malocclusion without having to wear brackets and wires.

ClearPath Aligners are removable medical grade plastic appliances which patient wears instead of brackets and wires to correct the malocclusion.

It is a Clear change to the concept of Adult Orthodontic treatment without using conventional methods of wires and brackets. The aligners are worn all throughout the day except during brushing & eating and changed every 2 weeks.