How do I know if  I need Braces? Why do people need braces? Does my child need Braces ? When are braces needed? These are the most common questions we come accross while meeting various dental patients.

The basic makeup of every tooth in your mouth is the same, and they all grow out of the same place i.e. from down within the jawbones, which are surrounded by the gums. Although some people's adult teeth grow out from the gums at the right angle and with the right spacing, many people's teeth don't.  In such cases need for Dental Braces arises.

In some cases, a person's upper jaw and lower jaw aren't of the same size. When the lower half of the jaw is too small, it makes the upper jaw hang over when the jaw is shut, resulting in a condition called an overbite. When the opposite happens (the lower half of the jaw is larger than the upper half), it's called an underbite. All of these different types of disorders go by one medical name: malocclusion. This word comes from Latin and means "bad bite." In most cases, a "bad bite" isn't anyone's fault; crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites are often just like brown eyes or big feet are inherited traits.

Malocclusion can be a problem because it interferes with proper chewing — crooked teeth that aren't aligned properly don't work as well as straight ones. Because chewing is the first part of eating and digestion, it's important that teeth can do the job. Teeth that aren't aligned correctly can also be harder to brush and keep clean, which can lead to tooth decay and cavities. And finally, many people who have crooked teeth may feel self-conscious about how they look; braces can help them feel better about their smile and whole face.

If a dentist suspects that a kid or teen needs braces or other corrective devices, he or she will refer the patient to an orthodontist. Orthodontists are dentists who have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of misaligned teeth and jaws. Most regular dentists can tell if teeth will be misaligned once a patient's adult teeth begin to come in, sometimes as early as age 6 or 7 and the orthodontist may recommend interceptive treatment therapy. Interceptive treatment therapy involves the wearing of appliances to influence facial growth and help teeth grow in better, and helps prevent more serious problems from developing.{C}{C}Some teeth may grow in crooked or overlapping. In other people, some teeth may grow in rotated or twisted. Some people's mouths are too small, and this crowds the teeth and causes them to shift into crooked positions.


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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 13 - May - 2012, at 23:28 PM

  • TRISHA, Cost of the dental braces depends upon the type of braces you will be getting. Your dentist will first of all take the impression of your dentition and will prepare the mold out of it. Looking at that it will be decided what appliance needs to be given to you for correcting your malocclusion. Also the cost of braces depend upon whether you are opting for traditional braces, lingual or decorative braces. The average cost of children orthodontic metal braces is between $5,000 and $8,000 whereas lingual braces range from $2,000 to $4,000 and if you want to decorate your child's braces, than it can add $5 to $300 additional amount

  • Trisha Mikaella Reyes

    Trisha Mikaella Reyes 12 - May - 2012, at 08:55 AM

  • hi ! I'm 10 years old and i need to have braces because my teeth are not aligned straight .. how much do i need to have a braces for kids ?

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