Dr.Bhagyalakshmi A MDS (Orthodontics), PhD, FAIMER
Orthodontist, Invisalign Specialist, Breathe Healthy Consultant and Myobrace Specialist
Experience: 17 years of experience in Dentistry and more than 13 years of experience as academician.
Treatments:Metal/Ceramic Braces, Invisalign, Myobrace
Frequently asked questions on Braces/Orthodontic Treatment
Who can get orthodontic treatment done?
When should one start the treatment?
Braces treatment is usually started once all the permanent teeth have appeared in the mouth (about 13 years of age). However, there are many interceptive treatment procedures wherein, if started at an early age, we can prevent many of the alignment problems at a later age.
I missed getting my braces when I was young, can I get it now?
Yes, the treatment technology is so advanced that adult orthodontics has gain popularity. We will be able to treat even if they are over 50 years of age.
How long will be the treatment?
Orthodontic treatment generally takes about 12 months to 18 months on an average. The duration depends on the complexity of the treatment. Age also determines the duration of the treatment. In teenagers, the treatment may finish soon whereas in adults the treatment duration may be longer
Will it hurt during treatment?
The Orthodontist will be placing braces and wire on your teeth and will be tightening it or changing the wire every month. There will be some discomfort and pain initially which will gradually reduce.
Are there any food restrictions during braces
Sticky food needs to be avoided during braces treatment. Also, it is recommended not to bite hard food from front teeth to avoid breakage of the braces.
Will any of my teeth be removed during braces treatment?
Removing teeth depends on the treatment. If there is severe crowding of the teeth, we may have to remove a few teeth in order to push the remaining treatment back and align the teeth perfectly
Will I be able to brush my teeth properly?
Your dentist will teach you the correct brushing technique as well as techniques to clean in between the wires and braces. If you follow the instructions correctly, you will be able to clean your teeth properly
Will I have to wear retainers after the treatment?
In order to prevent the teeth coming back to its’ original position (relapse), your dentist will advise you to wear retainers at least for 6 months. Nowadays a permanent retainer is placed on the inner aspect of the teeth in order to retain the teeth in the new perfect position.
Are there any alternatives for braces?
Clear aligners/Invisalign are alternatives for braces. Please click here to know more about Invisalign.
Who is the best dentist in Mysore for Braces/Orthodontic treatment?
Dr.Bhagyalakshmi is an Orthodontist with vast experience and has more than 17 years of experience in Dentistry. She is a PhD holder and is also top Invisalign provider in Mysore. She has many publications to her credit in national and international journals. She has travelled widely and attended many conferences, international seminars and presented papers. She has delivered guest lectures at many conferences and seminars.