Braces (FAQ)

Generally, treatment can commence after your child's "baby" teeth have dropped out, usually at around 12 years of age. However, some children may require interventive treatment at a younger age.
Extraction of teeth is necessary when there is insufficient space to align teeth. However, whether to extract teeth or not is on a case-by-case basis. The dentist will need to perform a proper examination to arrive at a decision.
The duration of orthodontic treatment varies according to severity and complexity of the case. In general, adult patients require 2 to 2.5 years to complete braces. Treatment duration for teenagers is slightly shorter at 1.5 to 2 years.

For patients who are unwilling to wear braces, dental procedures like tooth colored bonding fillings and aesthetic veneers can help correct malaligned, crooked teeth. Both procedures are becoming increasingly popular with patients as they are aesthetically pleasing and can be completed in a shorter time as compared to wearing braces.

Yes, Invisalign is an alternative to putting on brackets. The system relies on removable, transparent aligners to move teeth. Patients have to wear the removable aligners for a minimum of 22 hours daily to achieve good results. A proper examination by your dentist is required to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.