Orthodontics deals with the treatment of improper bites, which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both.
Braces can re-arrange teeth, and control or modify facial growth.
It can be carried out for purely cosmetic reasons to improve the general appearance of one’s teeth and face but also for practical reasons to functionally improve bite.
When left untreated, many orthodontic problems worsen, contributing abnormal wear of tooth surfaces and may contribute to tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss.
A nice smile is not only beautiful, it can also promote good health.
Benefits of straight and properly aligned teeth include:
- Easier to maintain oral health
- Chew more efficiently
- Create a more perfect bite which can reduce headaches and strain on your supporting bone and tissue
The ideal age is usually 12 to 13 years old. It is recommended to have the child have an early examination at age 7 to determine the best time and type of treatment.
It is also not too late for adults to wear dental braces as long as you have a full set of permanent teeth and do not have dental conditions such as gum diseases.
Discomfort and mild soreness is expected and would be felt in the first 4 days to a week after the braces are put on.
This is because the teeth are beginning to be realigned and are adjusting to the pressure of the archwire and elastic ties.
If you pain threshold is low and your teeth are not extremely crooked, clear braces could be your best bet.
Our orthodontists are selected according to the highest standards in Singapore. Braces can bring out the best in your smile.