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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontics, if the word sounds Greek to you, you are right. ‘Orthos’ in Greek means straight and ‘dontos’ means teeth. Orthodontics is a speciality of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of teeth displacement and facial irregularities. Orthodontists are dentists who specialize in treating teeth and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatments are usually done with braces to improve the appearance of irregularities in the teeth.

How to know if orthodontics is for you?

A visit to your dentist can determine if you require orthodontic treatment. With the help of medical and dental history, clinical examination, X-rays and models your dentist can determine if orthodontics is for you. An orthodontist will then come up with a customized treatment plan based on your requirements.

What are the common dental problems which require orthodontic correction?

Proclination– If your upper front teeth are more forwardly placed than your lower front teeth, orthodontic treatment can help correct this bite.

Crowding– if your teeth are irregularly placed leading to food lodgement, gum problems, orthodontic treatment can help in the alignment.

Spacing-gaps between your teeth can be corrected by orthodontic treatment to provide good aesthetics.

Deep Bite- if your upper teeth completely overlap your lower teeth causing injury to your gums, such a bite is known as deep bite and requires an immediate orthodontic consult.

Open Bite- if there is no overlap between your upper and lower teeth, causing difficulty in chewing, and such a bite requires correction by orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance and chewing efficiency.

Cross Bite- A cross bite occurs when your upper teeth bite inside your lower teeth. This can happen on one or both sides of your jaw and can affect your front or back teeth.

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Impacted tooth- An impacted tooth is one that is unable to erupt through the gum naturally. Treatment can include extraction or exposing it so a brace can be fitted to the surface.

Temporomandibular joint pain/headaches/earaches

Clicking/pain in the joint region while opening your mouth, pain around your ears, headaches may require an orthodontic consult to check your bite.

What are the uses and benefits of orthodontics?

  1. Straightens your teeth

  2. Improves your smile

  3. Improves your appearance

  4. Boosts your self-esteem

  5. Helps prevent teeth discolouration and mouth odour

  6. Helps prevent tooth decay

  7. Reduces or prevents dental emergencies

What are the different ways an orthodontist can correct your teeth/facial irregularities?

Traditional Braces- this is the most common method of orthodontic treatment. Braces are appliances that are fixed on your teeth and consists of brackets/bands and wires. They help position your teeth and correct any irregularities.

  • Aligners- They are the alternative to braces. They are similar to braces in function but are not fixed. They need to be removed while eating and brushing. Treatment includes changing into a new set of aligners every two weeks as your teeth shift into proper alignment.

  • Lingual Braces- They are braces attached to the back of your teeth making them almost invisible to others. They consist of brackets, bands and wires like the traditional braces. They can be more difficult to clean properly because it is on the back of your teeth which is harder to reach. There may be speech difficulties because of their positioning and you may also develop sores on your tongue.

  • Surgical options- Orthodontics services comprise more than just different types of braces. There are surgical options as well. Surgery can help accelerate your orthodontic treatment or correct jaw misalignment to achieve results which are not possible by braces alone.

 

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Conclusion

Nowadays anyone can achieve a beautiful, healthy smile which can have a positive impact on your life in many ways. If you are interested in what orthodontics has to offer you, get in touch with us to start your smile journey.

 

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What is Pola tooth whitening?

Pola is the perfect answer for patients who are looking for whiter teeth in one treatment or overnight. Our dental team offers Pola In-Office Whitening System that can whiten your teeth up to 2 shades* in one hour.

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What can cause tooth discoloration?

Tooth discoloration can come from a variety of sources, such of aging, coffee, tea, or smoking. Discoloration can also occur during the growth process of the teeth due to antibiotics or excessive fluoride at a young age.

Do the results last a long time?

With careful post-whitening care, your teeth will look better than ever. Flossing your teeth on a regular basis can ensure brighter teeth, as well as using Whitening Toothpaste in the morning and at night. All these products can be acquired through our dental clinic.

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Are there any side effects?

Temporary tooth sensitivity is the main side effect during the treatment, but these go away after a couple days.

How long is the procedure?

The process itself is only about an hour. Whitening gel is applied on each tooth and curing is done with the UV light system.

What is the cost of the procedure?

The process cost is INR 7,000/-.

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What is Zoom whitening?

Zoom is a bleaching process widely used throughout the country and around the world to lighten discoloration of enamel and dentin. Tooth discoloration may result from certain eating habits; drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine; or from smoking. Certain medications can also stain your teeth and conditions like fluorosis. The aging process also can stain and darken your teeth. It is clinically proven to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades.

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Consultation and Treatment Planning

Before deciding whether Zoom in-office teeth whitening is right for you, we conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening.

The Zoom Procedure

The complete procedure takes less than an hour about 45 minutes, but a regular teeth cleaning is recommended prior to the actual Zoom teeth whitening session.

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Aftercare: Maintaining Whitening Effects
Follow your dentist’s instructions for home care.

To help maintain the whitening effects of your treatment, we may advise you to avoid certain foods and beverages, or consume them in moderation to avoid staining your teeth. This includes tea, coffee, red wine, cola, etc. (for limited duration s advised by the dentist)

Additionally, tobacco products will stain teeth, even after whitening treatments. Maintain an appropriate oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) regimen to prevent stains from reforming, and see your dentist regularly for scheduled teeth cleanings.

Toothpastes containing whitening agents will be suggested to maintain the results of the procedure.

How long do the results last?

Follow your dentist’s instructions and maintain a proper home care regimen and your teeth will always be lighter than before. This is exclusively for Zoom Whitening treatment.

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Considerations

Sensitivity during treatment may occur in some people. Rarely, minor tingling is experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipates.

However, an Oral Care Gel is applied is applied on the teeth after the treatment is completed. It dramatically reduces sensitivity, rebuilds enamel, helps reduce caries and improves luster.

Cost and Treatment Time

The cost of the treatment is INR 17,000/-.

Treatment time varies; however, average Zoom chair time is approximately one hour.

Do I need regular whitening sessions?

If you wish to maintain very precisely and meticulously, you can always opt for home care regimen. Zoom Whitening home care kit can be easily used by the patient itself at home in the day or at night. Instructions for its usage can be explained by the dentist.

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All you need to know about INVISIBLE BRACES

Did you know that, according to a survey, the most attractive quality in a person is his smile? Countless studies have shown that people with a beautiful smile are more likeable and considered competent. Despite these benefits, many people would rather have crooked teeth than go in for braces. While no one thinks twice about seeing a child or teenager in braces, adults feel self-conscious about the idea of wearing conspicuous metal braces around their friends, family, and coworkers. Fortunately, in the last 20 years there have been newer, improved alternatives to the traditional braces, which are considered, simple, hassle free and more suited for adults. Clear Aligners are one such alternative which have become a popular method to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

How Do They Work?

Clear Aligners, like traditional braces, work on the same principles. They apply low, controlled pressure on certain areas of the teeth, in order to move them to the desired position. They have the added advantage of being, clear and removable.

How to get started?

If you are ready to start, the first step is to contact your orthodontist and make an initial appointment. They will assess your smile, go over your medical and dental history and evaluate whether you are a good candidate for clear aligners. They will then take your diagnostic records like x-rays, photographs, impressions or digital scans. From that information, the orthodontist can arrive at a diagnosis, and then work within the aligner software to design your smile and plan the treatment process – which tooth moves where, and in what order – guiding teeth into healthy positions. The end goal is a healthy bite, along with a beautiful smile. Moving teeth is a complex biological process and needs start-to-finish supervision by an orthodontist. With the end goal in mind, a series of plastic aligners are created using the patient’s initial impressions or digital scans as the starting point. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, slightly repositioning them.

Reasons to go for aligner treatment

Your Teeth Need Alignment, but You Can’t Get Traditional Braces

Some individuals cannot get metal braces due to gum or cheek sensitivity that worsens with the irritation of metal brackets. Clear aligners can eliminate that risk while still providing a simple, smooth method of straightening teeth.

Your Career Requires a Professional Look

With clear aligners you can get your perfect smile without the awkwardness of traditional braces especially when you are in a professional environment.

You Experience Pain and Discomfort

When you have misaligned teeth, you can cause pressure in areas of your mouth and jaw resulting in pain. Jaw pain can radiate up your face and cause headaches. The alignment of your bite is crucial to your overall health. Aligners provide a comfortable option to address your health concerns.

How to care for your aligners

  1. You must wear the aligners for 18-22 hrs a day. Continuous 4 hours of aligner wear is important to ensure optimum treatment results.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling your aligners and handle only ONE aligner at a time.
  3. Make sure you have the proper aligner—the upper for your top teeth and the lower for your bottom teeth. To help avoid confusion, each aligner is engraved with your unique case number, a “U” for upper and an “L” for lower, followed by the stage number.
  4. Aligner Insertion- When inserting each aligner, gently push the aligners over your front teeth. Then apply equal pressure, using your fingertips, to the tops of your left and right molars (back teeth) until the aligner snaps into place.
  5. Do NOT bite your aligners into position. This may damage them. Note: If you experience sharp pain or significant discomfort, discontinue use of the aligners and contact your doctor.
  6. Aligner Removal- On one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar to slowly pull the aligner from your molars. Repeat this process on the other side of your mouth before trying to completely remove the aligner.
  7. Immediately rinse aligner with water, shake off excess water, and store your aligners in the protective case provided with your starter kit.
  8. Clean your aligners prior to each insertion. Use a soft bristle toothbrush with water and a small amount of toothpaste.
  9. For Invisalign Aligners- the Invisalign Aligner Cleaning System (www.invisalignstore.com) uses special cleaning crystals to remove plaque from your Invisalign aligners in about 15 minutes, keeping your aligners odor-free, hygienic, and clear.
  10. Remove your aligners while eating and drinking. (You do not need to remove your aligners to drink cool water.)

 

Pros and Cons of Aligners

Besides being invisible, that aligners are removable gives them an added advantage. Take them out to eat, to brush and floss, or for short periods for work or social situations.

As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners are not suitable for all kinds of problems. Traditional braces may be required for certain correction.

Tooth-colored attachments will be placed on the teeth to help the aligners move the teeth. These attachments are removed once treatment is complete.

Care needs to be taken regarding drinks when aligners are in the mouth. Liquid can seep into the aligners, and stay in contact with the teeth, which can lead to staining of the aligner and the teeth. If the liquid contains sugar and/or acid, cavities can develop. So avoid drinking aerated drinks along with flavored water, fruit drinks, sports drinks and energy drinks, with the retainer on.

Because aligners are removable, patients might be tempted to remove them if they experience some discomfort. Aligners can’t work unless they are in the mouth! They can be lost or misplaced when out of the mouth. Make it a habit to slip aligners into their case when they come out of the mouth. Do not place aligners in napkins, in a pocket or a purse.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q: Will the treatment be painful?

A: Most people experience tooth soreness for a few days after starting each new stage. This is normal. It is a sign that the Invisalign aligners are working, moving your teeth to their final destination. This soreness should gradually go away a couple of days after inserting the new aligner in the series. If it doesn’t, promptly call your doctor.

Q: Will wearing the Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

A: Like all orthodontic treatments, the aligners may temporarily affect your speech, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as your tongue gets used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp or minor speech impediment caused by your aligners should disappear.

Q: Are there restrictions on what I can eat?

A: In general, no. Unlike traditional orthodontics, you can usually eat and drink whatever you desire because you remove your aligners while eating. Thus, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks, unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

Q: Is it OK to drink hot or cold beverages while wearing Invisalign aligners?

A: Except for cool water, we recommend that you do not drink while wearing the aligners. This is to avoid formation of cavities and stains, or warping of the aligners with hot drinks and hot water.

CONCLUSION

Clear Aligners are a safe, comfortable alternative to traditional braces, but as with any orthodontic treatment it should be handled by the right professional who understands your needs and helps you deliver the perfect smile.

Blog Written by

Dr Abhilasha Rajendran, Orthodontist

LANAP Protocol vs. Cut-and-Sew Procedures

The successful treatment of periodontal disease requires thorough debridement of the root surface. Pockets of 5mm or greater depth make it difficult to remove subgingival plaque and calculus. Surgical intervention allows access and visualization for scaling and root planing in these deep pockets. While scalpel surgery can accomplish such access and visualization, it can also result in attachment loss, gingival cratering and gingival recession. Additionally, the associated pain and discomfort can be deterrents.

The LANAP treatment protocol achieves the same access to conventional flap surgery, but it achieves its success differently. The practitioner uses a quartz fiber in place of a scalpel to achieve both tissue ablation and antibiotic properties. No cutting means a significantly more comfortable recovery. Patients typically remain on a soft diet for several days to a week following LANAP treatment and are instructed to avoid brushing at the surgical site for that period.

Whereas treatment outcomes with conventional modalities might be variable; in stark contrast, the LANAP protocol allows clinicians to achieve predictable, positive results – including the three-dimensional regeneration of bone. Also, the comfort levels associated with this minimally invasive treatment are substantially increasing patient acceptance rates.

 

Access to a dental clinic in Bangalore which offers laser treatment allows smooth transition between treatments.

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