Types of braces
Metal Braces: Also called Stainless Steel braces are most popular type of braces used all over the world. You could have different colors of bands placed on your braces ranging from shocking pinks to haloween colors at every visit.
Ceramic Braces: are an esthetic alternative for those conscious of metal look. These are equally comfortable and efficient as stainless steel braces.
Self Ligating Brackets: These are the most advanced and revolutionary types of brackets with minimum strain and treatment time.
Lingual Braces: Lingual (Invisible) Braces are the modern and invisible alternative to conventional braces. These are fixed on the backside of the teeth and the only one who knows you are wearing braces is you. So the visible braces look which can be a deterrent for some adults and professionals is done away with and you can have a smile which is not only beautiful but healthy too without being conscious about it.
Introducing Invisible Incognito™ Orthodontic Braces
Incognito™ Orthodontic Braces are a unique choice because patients can smile with confidence both during and after treatment. Placed on the back side of the teeth, Incognito Orthodontic Braces are completely hidden from view. Incognito Orthodontic Braces are also 100% customized to meet the unique orthodontic prescription of every patient. Customization can lead to a more convenient and comfortable treatment experience.
Incognito is a high-tech appliance for patients with all kinds of different malocclusions. It is completely invisible, easy to keep clean and the only one who knows you are having orthodontic treatment is you. It is designed only for your teeth so not only does this mean it is a perfect fit but that you will get perfect results. Both the brackets and the wires of the Incognito appliance are manufactured individually with the latest state of the art CAD/CAM technology. The remarkable flat design of the gold alloy brackets (anti-allergic) provides maximum patient comfort and rapid adaptation to speech. Any malocclusion can be corrected whether you are a teenager or an adult
- Any malocclusion can be corrected whether you are a teenager or an adult
- The brace is the only truly invisible orthodontic appliance
- The brackets are nickel-free and easy to clean
- The treatment provides high quality results
- The individual and flat design of the brackets and archwires ensures maximum patient comfort and rapid adaptation to speech
Invisalign: Invisalign is an appliance used for straightening teeth without the conventional fixed braces. A series of custom made trays are prepared according to the corrections required for a patient. These trays bring about changes in the positions of teeth sequentially. The patient is supposed to wear the trays as instructed and check ups are done every 6 weeks by the orthodontist or dentist to monitor the progress.
- They are not visible so adult patients not wanting to wear braces can get their teeth corrected.
- They are removable so the patients do not have restrictions on food as those with the fixed appliances.
- As they are removable, the forces do not act on the teeth all the time.
- Patient cooperation is very important.
- Only mild to moderate malocclusions can be treated efficiently and effectively as the control needed over teeth for complex movements is less with Invisalign as compared to that exerted by fixed braces.
- Patients experience speech problems for a few weeks.
Limitations of Invisalign
Invisalign braces are great for people who do not have severe problems. if your bite is very bad, if you need extractions or require headgear or other appliances, then Invisalign will not work for you; you will need to wear traditional braces. Your orthodontist only has some control over your Invisalign treatment.
Eating with braces
What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few kilos, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.
Foods to avoid
- Chewy foods: milk toffees, hard rolls, licorice
- Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
- Sticky foods: caramels, gum
- Hard foods: nuts, candy,guava,gachak,peanuts
- Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
- Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.
When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash.
Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.
The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!
Loosening of teeth
This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.
Care of appliances
To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.
It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.
If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately.
If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.
Loose Wire or band
Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way.
If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.
As a general rule, an emergency appointment may be made when there is severe pain, a loose band, a broken wire or something sticking out that you can’t take care of. It’s important to know the names of the parts of your appliances. It will help, when you phone the office, to be able to identify what part is broken or out of place.