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Orthodontics or “braces” can be helpful for both children and adults. They can straighten crooked teeth, correct the spacing between teeth, and improve bite patterns, contribute to healthy teeth/gums and prevent future dental problems, thus improving the appearance of your teeth and smile.
People have their teeth straightened for a variety of reasons. These include dental health, appearance, speech, better chewing etc. Among these, dental health is the most important. Poorly aligned or crooked teeth are difficult to keep cleantherefore giving rise to decay and gum problems.
Braces used in orthodontic treatment need time to work. This generally takes two to three years. The braces are fixed permanently on to the teeth until the completion of treatment. Special appliances called retainers are fitted after braces treatment to hold the teeth in their new positions.
This depends on the type of orthodontic problem. For jaw-related cases, treatment generally starts while the child is still growing. This is between the ages of 9 and 11. For mal-aligned teeth unrelated to jaw problems, treatment can usually be delayed until all the primary teeth (milk teeth) have changed to permanent ones.
There is no age limit for orthodontic treatment. Adults can also benefit from orthodontic treatment - Adult orthodontics.
Orthognathic surgery is a corrective jaw surgery which has to be done when there is a skeletal problem with the jaw that cannot be treated with braces.