Irregular teeth, protruding teeth, overcrowding, and misalignment of teeth and jaws cause lot of discomfort and reduce the confidence of an individual. Such individuals shy to smile in public & try to hide their teeth/face. If dental anomalies not timely attended may lead to long term dental complications. Dr Tejashri Pradhan Professor and Head of Department of Orthodontics, KLE Vishwanath Katti Institute of Dental Sciences had interaction with myarogya.in. She shared how Orthodontics Department is helping people with irregular teeth to come out of their problems. The excerpts of the interview are reproduced below.
What is orthodontics? How it helps individual with irregular teeth?
Orthodontics is the dental specialty that focuses on the development, prevention, and correction of irregularities of the teeth, bite, and jaws. Smile is the most powerful & impacts everything, the way you speak and even your self-confidence. Our orthodontics staff/Postgraduates will treat the needy and help to get back the smile which improves the quality of life.
Why should you treat Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. If untreated malocclusion can lead to:
• Crowded teeth that are difficult to brush and floss. • Increased risk of tooth decay or gum disease. • Protruding teeth that are more susceptible to chipping. • Unfavourable jaw or facial growth. • Uneven tooth wear. • Speech impediments. • Reduced self-esteem.
What is the prevalence of Malocclusion?
Various studies have shown that, it is almost 80-85% children in the age group of 8-15 years of age have some sort of irregular/crowded teeth. At least 20-25% of children need immediate treatment.
What is the suitable age for the child get braces?
It is recommended to get first Orthodontic Consultation by the age of 7 years. Usually, orthodontic and facial orthopaedic (Jawbone) treatment is between 9- 14 years of age, but orthodontic treatment can be done at any age. In case of adults overcoming some extreme types of malocclusions may require more than one type of orthodontic treatment and in few cases jaw surgery is advised.
What are the different types of braces available?
1. Brackets, metal, or plastic, clear or tooth-coloured, that are bonded to teeth.
2. Lingual-type brackets that attach to the back of teeth, hidden from view.
3. Invisible, clear aligners that can be removed from the mouth.
How to avail Orthodontic Treatment at KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences?
We have state-of-the-art Orthodontic Department with 10+ faculty backed by skilled Postgraduates, to take care of all your requirements. The early the treatment you start for irregular teeth it is always better. We have team of Orthodontists committed to listen, understand your problems, and provide suitable treatment modalities at affordable cost. Annually we treat over 1800 needy individuals with excellent results. Our department is committed to bring back the smiles to all.
What are your departments social initiatives?
KLE VK Institute of Dental Sciences has undertaken a social impact Research project on large scale across Belagavi to check-up school children’s oral health and create awareness among children’s and parents and encourage them to undergo orthodontic treatment
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