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Understanding Braces Treatment Options

Dr. Vishal believes that it’s never too late to improve your smile, and he can create a comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan for any member of the family at his practice. At our clinic, we offer treatment options including traditional orthodontic braces, clear braces, invisible braces and the revolutionary Invisalign® system. We also offer an incentive program to encourage our younger patients to follow their orthodontic treatment plan.
Types of Dental Braces

Dr. Vishal offers several methods of teeth straightening: Metal Braces, Self Ligating (Damon) Braces, Clear Braces, Invisalign, and Active Retainers. You and Dr. Vishal will collaborate to determine which option is best for you.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most widely used system of straitening teeth. Small metal brackets are bonded to the tooth with a wire passing through them. The wire is usually held tightly to the brackets with small elastic o-shaped rubber bands. The rubber bands can be metal colored (the most discreet) or colorful, depending on what you like. Metal brackets are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. They tend to be the most inexpensive treatment and can treat the most severe cases.
Metal brackets can be silver or golden. The golden brackets look a bit more "jewelry-like" and are often a popular choice wit
h young women.

Metal brackets are very strong and can withstand most types of treatment. At first they may irritate your gums, but after a few weeks, when your cheeks get "toughened up" they are not a problem anymore. Most traditional metal braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band, called a ligature to hold the arch wire onto the bracket. Sometimes orthodontists use metal tie wires (little wires which are twisted around the bracket) in place of elastic ligatures.
In the "old days", metal braces were not just brackets, but bands that wrapped around the entire tooth. Nowadays, people wear small metal brackets that are glued to the front of each tooth (a big improvement!) Those old-fashioned bands are usually reserved for molars or teeth with fillings that spill to the outside surface of a tooth. Metal brackets tend to be less expensive than other types of brackets. In addition, you can make them colorful with ligatures that come on a rainbow of colors.


Lingual Braces

For those patients who want complete “obscurity,” lingual braces may be an option. Lingual braces are applied to the inside surfaces of the teeth. Many people (especially professionals such as lawyers, doctors and sales representatives) opt for these “hidden” braces. It’s important to discuss this option with an orthodontist as lingual braces are not applicable to all orthodontic problems.
Lingual braces are attached to the inside or lingual side of the teeth which makes them completely non-visible. Lingual orthodontics particularly well-suited for adults whose professions keep them in the public eyes.
Lingual braces are designed and fabricated using new CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping technologies. The brackets are made out of a highly durable, dental-gold alloy. The precision wires are designed and bent to your specifications using robotic technology.

PROCESS

After you and Dr. Vishal have discussed your desired outcomes, she’ll take a precise impression of your teeth. This mold will serve as a guide from which your custom brackets and wires will be fabricated.
Your new braces will arrive approximately six weeks after Dr. Vishal took your impressions. He’ll then prepare your teeth and apply the new braces using a precise process.
Follow up requires occasional visits to Dr. Vishal for monitoring and progress appointments, until your teeth have reached the desired configuration.
WHO CAN WEAR LINGUAL BRACES
Men and women aged 13 to 60-plus are eligible for above treatment. If you qualify for standard braces, you can be treated using these nearly invisible braces. Dr. Vishal can help you decide if these are the best braces for your needs.
Lingual braces are particularly suited to several categories of patients.

  • People concerned about damaging the front surfaces of their teeth
  • Those who don’t want their braces to show
  • Adult professionals
  • Athletes involved in contact sports
  • Musicians who play wind instruments



WHO CAN WEAR LINGUAL BRACES

Lingual braces are best suited for patients aged 13 to 60-plus. If you qualify for standard braces, you can probably wear lingual braces. Dr. Vishal can help you decide if these are the best braces for your needs.

Clear Braces or ceramic braces

Clear braces also known as ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces in their function. The only difference is that the brackets are tooth colored (less conspicuous than 'clear' versions). These brackets are nearly as strong as the metal counterparts and so they can treat almost all of the same cases (some exceptions exist).

 

Invisalign

Invisible braces or Invisalign is a great treatment option for people who do not have severe problems and are concerned with esthetics during the treatment. Instead of bonding brackets to the tooth, a series of strong plastic trays are fabricated. Each tray is made to move your teeth slightly and is worn for a few weeks. Once Dr. Vishal has determined that your case can be treated with invisalign, the most important consideration is your cooperation. They must be worn for at least 18 hours a day in order to achieve results.

Active Retainers

Active retainers are a great solution for people who only need slight adjustments in their anterior tooth alignment. A traditional retainer that is fitted with active springs. Treatment time can be very short and the retainers can be worn all day without being very intrusive. Once treatment is completed the retainers are worn only at night to maintain your beautiful smile!

Six Month Smiles – Orthodontic Treatments in Just Six Months
The Six Month Smiles treatment is a new and revolutionary orthodontic treatment method which was pioneered in the States and is now being performed in the India. Many people are put off from having orthodontic work to straighten their teeth as they think they will have to wear visible braces for between two and three years. Today however, thanks to Six Month Smiles you can have the straight teeth you always dreamed of within 6 months.