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Dental braces are devices that are placed on teeth to move the teeth. For most of us, braces are the most common method to achieve straight teeth. Aside from straightening teeth, braces are used to improve the relationship of how our teeth come together between the upper and lower jaws. Braces for tooth movement fall under the dental specialty of “orthodontics” which is the study and treatment of improper bites (malocclusion). Orthodontic treatment with braces can be for cosmetic as well as structural improvement.types-of-braces-metal

A general term, “braces” are the actual devices that are attached to teeth. This usually consists of “brackets” that are bonded to the teeth and a metal wire that is inserted into the brackets. The metal wires are “tightened” and work together with the brackets to move teeth into the desired positions. There are other components that are used in conjunction with braces to move teeth, jaw, and bone such as headgear and expansion devices. Orthodontics work on teeth movement and sometimes includes working with one’s facial bone growth to achieve favorable jaw dimensions and relationship.

Why orthodontic treatment ?

Your smile is your greeting to the world. It is also a window to an important part of your dental health – the alignment of your teeth.

what are my options ?

Today’s orthodontics offer more kinds of braces than ever before. Check out your options:

Metal braces/Traditional braces

These are the metal brackets and wires that most people picture when they hear the word “braces.”metal brackets shreejeedentaludaipurHowever, modern brackets are smaller and less noticeable than the notorious “metal-mouth” braces than many adults remember.

Pros: Least expensive type; colored bands give kids a chance to express themselves.

Cons: Most noticeable type of braces.

Ceramic Braces

clear-braces-smileCeramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Pros: Less noticeable than metal braces.

Cons: More expensive than metal braces.


Lingual Braces

Lingual braces are the same as traditional metal braces, except that the brackets and wires are placed on the inside of teeth.
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Pros: Invisible from outside.They are customized to bond to the back of your teeth, leaving the front of your smile entirely untouched.Hence lingual braces are a cosmetic alternative to those who do not wish the braces to be visible.

Cons: Difficult to clean; more expensive; not appropriate for severe cases; can be more uncomfortable at first; regular adjustments take longer and are more difficult than with traditional braces


Invisalign shreejeedental]Invisalign consists of a series of 18 to 30 custom-made, mouth guard-like clear plastic aligners. The aligners are removable and are replaced every 2 weeks.

Pros: Almost invisible; Patients can eat and drink whatever they want.

Cons: Will not work for serious dental problems; only available for adults and teens, not children; more expensive option; can be easily lost and costly to replace; treatment may potentially take longer.

Incognito braces

Incognito braces“Incognito braces are the modern and invisible alternative to conventional braces”
The Incognito lingual bracket system is a new generation of braces for people of all ages. Because the braces are placed behind the teeth no one will ever know that you are wearing them unless YOU tell them!

Incognito braces are attached only to the teeth that need fixing, so you see faster results. And, since they work on the backs of your teeth, no one will even know that you have them on!.With Incognito braces,you’ll be able to smile with confidence,not only after they’ve done their job, but even while you’re wearing them.

Fitting Procedure

The first step is to determine whether braces are suitable for the patient. The doctor consults with the patient and inspects the teeth visually. If braces are appropriate, a records appointment is set up where X-rays, molds, and impressions are made. These records are analyzed to determine the problems and proper course of action.

Life with braces

Braces act like magnets for food, so you may need to keep your teeth especially clean while you have them. You will have to brush after every meal & be extra careful to get out any food that gets stuck in your braces.

How to clean your braces?
What can I eat?

Overall, people with braces should avoid hard, chewy, crunchy, and sticky foods. Avoiding foods you like may not be fun, but eating things that you’re not supposed to eat can cause broken wires or brackets. These can not only be painful, but can actually prolong treatment.

Do not eat:
  • Caramel and gooey chocolate bars
  • Very sticky or chunky peanut butter
  • Hard candies
  • Nuts
  • Chewy candy, taffy, and gummy bears
  • Popcorn
  • Gum
Use caution when eating:
  • Corn on the cob – cut off the cob
  • Apples and carrots – cut into small pieces
  • Soda and sugary drinks – avoid these whenever possible, as drinking too much can cause tooth decay
    Finally, don’t chew on any hard items such as ice, pens, pencils, or fingernails

Orthodontic Treatment Instructions

Welcome to the world of orthodontic care and treatment. It is our combined goal to bring the orthodontic patient to improve occlusion, esthetics, and smile. To attain this goal, a partnership must be obtained between the patient and doctor for desired results.

These instructions will help create your new smile.

  • Brackets (front and/or back teeth) and Molar Bands (back teeth) have been placed in your mouth to straighten your teeth to the best position possible.

Poor oral hygiene will cause major problems.

  • Food particles can accumulate on teeth and in braces, and over time, turn into plaque. The bacteria that results from this accumulation can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth.
  • Remember, good brushers experience less soreness & have faster tooth movement because the gums are healthy. Inflammation (redness & swelling) in the gum tissue slows down rate of tooth movement & also looks unsightly.
  • Plaque accumulation around the brackets will cause the bonding to fail and the bracket to come off, requiring more appointment time to back up and replace the bracket rather than progressing to the next step. This increases treatment time.
  • Careful tooth brushing is of critical importance. Braces trap food, bacteria and plaque that can cause bad breath, tooth decay/ cavities, gum disease, and leave permanent white spots (decalcification), which will never come off the teeth!
  • Good oral hygiene habits are totally the responsibility of the patient.
  • Brush, floss & use interdental brush  after every meal and before bedtime.
  • A mouth wash is also highly recommended.
DIET  Smaller, Softer, Slower
  • In general, avoid anything very hard or sticky! These foods may loosen molar bands or break off brackets from the teeth causing damage and delay in your treatment.
  • Cut your foods into small pieces and chew slowly and carefully to avoid breaking, bending or loosening your appliances (braces). Almost anything can be eaten as long as it is cut into small pieces and eaten slowly with care.
    • Specifically, avoid eating the following:
  • Chewing gum, candy, peanut brittle, caramels, hard candies, toffee, nuts, popcorn,
  • Also avoid biting: Hard cookies, hard rolls, nuts, and pizza crust, corn on the cob
  • Don’t even think about chewing on: ice, pens or pencils, bones, hard objects
  • Don’t bite into chicken or ribs on the bone
  • Meat/chicken can be cut up in small pieces and should be very soft/tender.

Foods high in sugar content should be avoided. Thoroughly brush your teeth immediately after eating sweet foods and after each meal.

  • However, this is not a total list of “banned” foods. Whenever eating or putting anything in your mouth, the orthodontic patient must always think “will this hurt my braces?” The orthodontic appliance is fragile.
  • If your lips, cheeks and tongue become irritated while you adjust to the braces, you may place wax on the brackets to minimize the irritation.
  •  If the bands scratch your lips, gums, cheeks or tongue, place a small piece of wax over the sharp spot. Usually such irritations disappear after a few days. You can also use a small piece of wet tissue instead of wax.
  • You may experience some discomfort after beginning treatment or at the change of wires or adjusting of appliance. This is normal & should diminish within 24-72 hrs.
  • If your braces make your teeth sore/painful, this will last only two or three days.
  • You may take a mild analgesic or Ketorol DT for this.
  • Eat soft diet during this time, rinse with warm water.
  • If any bracket or molar band becomes loose, a wire breaks, or an elastic comes off. Do not try to fix it yourself, call our clinic.
  • Place wax over any sharp areas, and save any loose pieces and bring them with you.
  • After the initial banding appointment, adjustment visits are scheduled on a monthly basis.
  • These appointments are usually brief, but very important.
  • If eating habits are good, instructions are followed, and no bands or brackets are loose, time can be spent on progression to the next step rather than backing up and re-cementing the bands or brackets. This will all help to decrease treatment time.
  • Your monthly checkups will include removing or adjusting your wires & tooth brushing,
  • Always bring your tooth brush to each appointment, so that you can brush properly, when we remove wire.


Hopefully these instructions will answer most of your problems or concerns. Please feel free to call the clinic at any time.

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