What is an Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a dental science of using braces and dental treatments to straighten teeth and correct other teeth irregularities. At Divine Smiles our well trained dentists will check your teeth and advise you of your treatment plan and schedule. We are experts in metal, ceramic as well as in the latest technology of invisible braces using Invisible clear aligners.
When should my kid start braces?
It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that all children receive their first orthodontic consultation at age 7 when they have a mix of baby and adult teeth. An early exam allows your orthodontist to offer you guidance and advice as to treatment options and their pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision.
Although your child may still have mixed dentition (i.e. both baby teeth and adult teeth), it may be an optimal time to start braces. Some baby teeth are wider than their succeeding permanent teeth, and getting orthodontic treatment before the shedding of baby teeth can make treatment easier by preserving the extra spaces that baby teeth occupy and may avoid the need to remove teeth in the future to create spaces for teeth alignment.
In addition, when a child is under active growth, it may be possible to use orthodontic appliances such as jaw expanders to modify his/her jaw growth and movement. Since each child’s situation is different, it is best to take him/her to an orthodontist for consultation on the appropriate treatment.
Why do people get braces?
You may consider orthodontics treatment (braces or other auxiliaries) if you have one or more of the followings:
- Dental Teeth with gaps between them
- Teeth that are crowded and overlapped
- Teeth that are uneven and irregularly shaped
- Teeth that have excess overjet and/or overbite
- Teeth arches that are narrow
- Underbite/Crossbite/Open Bite
- Skeletal (Upper and Lower Jaws) protrusion
- Protruding upper or lower jaw
- Receding upper or lower jaw
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