Dental Braces by best Dentist Dr. Smita Wagh at Kalyani Nagar, Pune

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The beauty of the smile is not fully appreciated when your teeth are misaligned or crooked. Orthodontic treatment is used to correct this condition.

Treatment in orthodontics not only means correction of misaligned or crooked teeth but also involves correction of protruding, crowded or irregularly spaced teeth and jaw problems.

Correcting the problem can create a nice-looking smile, but more important, orthodontic treatment results in a healthier mouth. That's because crooked and crowded teeth make cleaning the mouth difficult, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss. An improper bite can interfere with chewing and speaking, can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, and can lead to problems with the jaws.

What are Braces Made from?
Braces (also called orthodontic appliances) can be inconspicuous or as noticeable as you like. Brackets the part of the braces that attach to each tooth are smaller and can sometimes be attached to the back of the tooth, making the brackets less noticeable.

Are they left in the mouth or can they be removed?
There are two types of orthodontic appliances: fixed, which are worn all the time and can only be removed by the dentist and removable, which the patient can take out of the mouth. The dentist selects the type based on your needs.

When should treatment begin?
Malocclusions often become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12 as the child's permanent teeth erupt. Orthodontic treatment often begins between ages 8 and 14.

Who provides Orthodontic Treatment?
Most dentists are trained to treat some minor orthodontic problems. If the dentist thinks the patient should see a specialist for treatment, he or she will provide a referral to an orthodontist.

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