Sakti Dental & Orthodontic Clinic

Orthodontics – Myths & Truths

There’ve been some outrageous myths associated with braces and the braces lifestyle. Orthodontics today is an advanced specialized branch of dental sciences which can explain the scientific facts, behind these unacceptable myths.

MYTH 1:

Orthodontic procedures (Braces) are continuously painful.

TRUTH:

Perhaps when first applied, the appliance may cause a slight discomfort. However, after a day or so, the teeth and mouth adjust and before long, the braces will go unnoticed to the patient. After the adaptation period braces are quite comfortable. The teeth and jaws may be a little sore after each visit, but the discomfort will be brief.

MYTH 2:

Straightening teeth (Braces) are only for children and teenagers, the elderly cannot undergo orthodontic treatment.

TRUTH:

Age is not a limiting factor. Orthodontic treatment can be of greater benefit for both adults and children. There is no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment provided your teeth, bones and gums are healthy. The most important is the nature and discrepancy of the problem, onset of the problem and management.

MYTH 3:

You need to have teeth extracted before braces can be fitted. Removal of teeth is a must for braces.

TRUTH:

Extraction requirements differ from person to person and can only be ascertained by a thorough diagnosis. The majority of treatments are now carried out without removing any teeth. Nevertheless, hundred years of orthodontics from the history of domestic and international point of view, extraction treatment relative to non-extraction treatment had no significant harm.

MYTH 4:

Removal of teeth for braces treatment affects vision.

TRUTH:

The nerve supply to teeth and eye is entirely different and they are not related. There is a misconception among people that removal of teeth affects vision. Vision is not affected in any way by undergoing dental treatment with extractions.

MYTH 5:

Braces make teeth weaker and more mobile.

TRUTH:

Quite the contrary! Successfully treated teeth are more effective at load bearing and are less likely to be ground down. Orthodontics is induced by light orthodontic force tooth movement. As the process is gradual, the teeth are stable. Braces position teeth in their appropriate positions in the jaw bone, thus making them structurally stronger .

MYTH 6:

Braces are very noticeable and call attention to them and would be embarrassing.

TRUTH:

Today, there are more options to straighten teeth with braces that are aesthetically pleasing. So they won’t interfere with your personal or professional life. New technology is allowing treatment to be more comfortable, less visible, and more efficient. New cosmetic braces that have clear or tooth colored (Ceramic)  brackets are now available that minimize the appearance of braces. Moreover, invisible (Lingual) braces are unseen, placed on the back side of the teeth.

MYTH 7:

Conventional Orthodontic treatment takes several years.

TRUTH:

Braces are used to straighten your teeth gradually – not overnight – so a little patience is needed during the process. You can expect the average single phase treatment time to last 12 to 18 months depending on the severity of your or your child’s correction needs. Treatment time can vary from 6 to 18 months. The problems, needs and demands of each patient are unique. Therefore, the length and type of treatment can only be determined after thorough evaluation

MYTH 8:

After removal, teeth just move back to their old position again.

TRUTH:

Minor tooth movements are normal throughout life, but if you wear retainers as instructed at the end of treatment, your teeth should remain aligned.

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Dr. Shiva Sankar
Dr. Shiva Sankar BDS, MDS

Clinical Director and Orthodontist

Dr. Anbumani, BDS, MDS

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr. Divya, BDS

Cosmetic Dental Specialist

Dr. JP Mohanraj BDS, MDS

Gum Care Specialist

Dr .Mariasingam, BDS, MDS

Prosthodontist

Dr.Prakash Athiban BDS, MDS

Root Canal Specialist

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N. Naresh

IRS Joint Director, GST

Visited Dr. Shiva after reading the reviews online. Was a little sceptical because my only point of reference was online reviews but in the end must say that the experience far exceeded the expectations!! Dr. Shiva is one who not just loves his profession but also makes u fall in love with the same. He corrected the cross-bite of my 11 year old with ease. The time Dr. Shiva spends in explaining the issue is commendable (a rarity in today's world wherein health-care has become commercial and time is money). The discussion/ explanation/ education was so thorough that my son himself completely knew of the line of treatment and the necessary care to be taken. Not just that, the doctor is also available online for follow up queries!! the most affable doctor I have ever met (this I say after coming from a family of doctors;-)).. the clinic is well appointed, has advanced equipment and located in a serene place..probably the best orthodontist in Tirunelveli region.. I wish him all the best and success.. hope Dr. Shiva keeps spreading smiles!!

Jurgen van Oorschot

Dental Care Patient from Netherlands

I am going to Dr Sankars clinic for more then a year now for orthodontic treatment. I started my treatment in my native in the Netherlands. I was a bit reluctant to do so, but after meeting Dr Sankar for the first time I felt very confident. He takes you very serious as a patient. Does his job meticulous and keeps very good records. He is doing a more precise job then my Orthodontist in Netherlands was doing and having finished my treatment now finally I am very please with the result so I am very happy with the service and treatment provided by This Clinic and Dr Sankar. can recommend it to anyone looking for a treatment. the clinic is well organised and clean as well

Mohamed Bilal

Accountant, UAE

I had a very pleasant experience with this clinic. I had braces for 15 months with very good results ,I would like to thank my dentist Dr. shiva sankar and his dental Team ...Sakthi Dental Clinic is a truly first class outfit that are the epitome of professionalism ..The "care " & "friendliness" they're showing towards me is amazing, I Would highly recommend this clinic to my friends and family....

Kanchana M

Dental Care Patient

Shakti Clinic has been my go to doctor in Tirunelveli. He is very professional and explains the need for every process. Helps one resolve dental issues from the root of the problem. Quite an authority in the field and in times where people are looking to make profits, he on the other hand doesn't take you through unnecessary procedures., until it's needed. He is inclined more towards service than profits. And I'm a happy client of his for two years now.

Rajasekar

Dental Care Patient

I had a very pleasant experience with this clinic. I had braces for 15 months with very good results ,I would like to thank my dentist Dr. shiva sankar and his dental Team ...Sakthi Dental Clinic is a truly first class outfit that are the epitome of professionalism ..The "care " & "friendliness" they're showing towards me is amazing, I Would highly recommend this clinic to my friends and family....

Shivakumar Mani

Dental Care Patient

I went for treatment for my broken teeths.Two teeths had broken diagonally and I was unable to chew or eat properly. The doctor examined carefully and suggested for a Root Canal treatment with affordable cost. Personal care was taken by the doctor during the treatment time and post dental care. One of the best clinics in the Town

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