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Oral habits are absolutely normal!!!!!    Surprised???  

Yes, you read it right, oral habits are considered as a part of normal development of a child. Oral habits in children are completely normal forms of self-soothing and exploration of the environment. Oral habits until 3 years of age are considered normal. Oral habits that are prevalent well beyond the normal age frequently result in facial deformity and malocclusions.

We all have habits: things we do everyday often without consciously thinking. Some of them are good but not all of them. That’s why it’s important to prevent your child from developing harmful habits. Pacifier sucking, followed by thumb/finger sucking are the most common harmful habits in childhood. Childhood is the mirror which reflects the propensities of adulthood.


Trident of factors, like duration of the habit per day, degree and intensity of habit are responsible for any habit to produce detrimental and lasting effects. There are various reasons for developing thumb sucking habit, significant relationship exists between duration and intensity of thumb sucking and the amount of time spent in feeding sessions.


Thumb and finger sucking are believed to cause a number of changes in the dental arch and the supporting structures. Some of the effects of thumb sucking are:

  • Forward position of the upper and lower front teeth.
  • Increased horizontal gap between the upper and lower front teeth leading to increased overjet of teeth.
  • Increased vertical gap between the upper and lower front teeth leading to open bite.
  • Development of tongue thrusting habit, secondary to thumb sucking due to open bite.
  • Narrow dental arches
  • Smaller upper lip
  • Soft tissue lesion on the thumb/Deformation of the thumb
  • Short finger nail
  • Increased risk of trauma to upper front teeth, to psychological health, speech defect (Especially lisping), middle ear infection and enlarged tonsils.


If the child chooses this habit in the first year of his or her life, the parents should move away his or her thumb smoothly and attract the child’s attention to other things such as toys. After the second year of age, thumb sucking will decrease and will be appeared just in child’s bed or when he/she is tired. Some of the children who do not stop this habit, will give it up when their permanent teeth erupt, but there is a tendency for continuing the thumb sucking habit even until adult life.

The 5 steps are…..

  1. Direct interview with child if he/she is mature enough to understand
  2. Encouragement: This can give the child more pride and self-confidence
  3. Reward system: There is more involvement of the child
  4. Reminder therapy which includes schemical and mechanical approach
  5. Orthodontic appliance


Initially awareness of the habit: the extent, the consequences and the benefit of cessation of the habit has to be explained to the child. Dental changes due to thumb and finger sucking do not need any treatment if the habit stopped before the 5 years of age and as soon as giving up the habit, dental changes will be corrected spontaneously. The success of any habit interception procedure largely depends upon the child’s co-operation and willingness to be helped to discontinue his/her thumb sucking habit. Thus the parents and the dentist should seek to motivate the child, and not to frighten and scold the child. Use of chemical approach is an age old method and it has shown to be less effective. Placing bitter tasting or foul smelling preparation on the thumb that is sucked can make the habit distasteful.

The use of mechanical aids are basically reminding appliances that assist the child who is willing to quit the habit but is not able to do so as the habit has entered the subconscious level. These appliances usually consist of a frame work placed palatal to the upper front teeth. The frame is placed exactly where the child places the thumb. Its raised rigid design keeps the thumb from laying snugly against the palate. The appliance is either removable or fixed. Other aids that can be used to intercept the habit include bandaging the thumb, bandaging of the elbow, wearing long sleeve sleeping gown. Once the habit affects the permanent teeth the damage is irreversible, which requires orthodontic intervention.

In today’s highly stressed environment, school/college going kids are subjected to various kinds of pressure/stress in different forms. Oral habit can be a form of distressing. Parents should play the role of friend, emotional support and a guide to the child rather than shamming or nagging them. If the habit is causing a dental problem, it is the privilege and responsibility of the dentist to work with the child and parents toward a resolution of the problem.



People normally love to have straight aligned celebrity teeth, but not every one dream comes true . The most common way of teeth alignment is braces , people believes that braces is most effective treatment for aligning teeth.  One major disadvantage of wearing on braces is the discomfort and pain that dental patients usually experience when having braces installed. This is because of the metal frame is usually used when making the brace. It will run through the teeth and produce a sensitivity that will render the teeth prone to dental pain Continue reading WHY SHOULD I GO WITH INVISIBLE BRACES?

How to control my buck teeth from further coming forward


The term “Buck Teeth” describes teeth that are too far forward. The buckteeth and the upper jaw bone have moved forward and as a result the spaces between the teeth get larger and larger. The lip is also pushed up because of the teeth. The teeth actually push the lip up as they tip forward. Doctors can correct the problem with buckteeth correction treatments.
Being blessed with naturally straight teeth is something that not all people can boast of. More often than not, people have teeth that’s a little crooked or perhaps misaligned. And when you want your teeth straightened, the best option is always to see an orthodontist and get braces. But if you want to know how to straighten teeth at home, then we will say your taking some serious risks. Continue reading How to control my buck teeth from further coming forward

What happens at a dental checkup?

According to WHO estimates, about 30% of the children and 100% of the adults have cavities. This could lead to more serious dental problems if not treated on time. Fortunately, these problems can be avoided with regular visits to the dentist. Unfortunately, many people do not visit the dentist regularly. Reasons could vary from negligence to fear of the dentists. So we present to you what actually happens during a visit to the dentist and how they can help you avoid serious complications.

Fixing an appointment

The first step is always fixing an appointment. Unless the dentist is your family dentist or you are having a recurring visit, fixing an appointment is essential so that the dentist knows you are coming. Choose an appropriate time and date for your appointment. Visits to the dentist are generally long, so make sure you allocate enough buffer time.

Cleaning and flossing

After you reach the clinic, an oral hygienist attends to you first. Hygienist takes care of the basic cleaning of your teeth. They use a special brush and a specialized toothpaste to clean the teeth. They also floss the teeth to remove plaque and leftover foods from the crevices of the teeth. Sometimes, depending on the frequency of the visit, an x-ray examination is performed to assess the health of the teeth. He would also know about the oral habits. Questions would be asked pertaining to smoking, drinking and brushing habits to correctly analyze the oral health. Before going to the dentist, a fluoride treatment is done. It is generally in the form of a paste or gel, and would help reinforce the enamel of your teeth.

Dentist takes over

After the hygienist, the dentist inspects the teeth. HE observes them for any gum, enamel or cavity issues. If required, fillings and core buildups are done to maintain the bite and shape of the jaw. Dentist also observes the bite and if any issues are found, orthodontist is recommended.


The dentist specializes in bite correction in humans. If there is a deficiency in bite, orthodontist corrects it with the help of braces, retainers, night guards and mouth guards. These help regain the bite.

Regular visits

Schedule visits to the dentist. Make time in your calendar to visit the dentist. Once every 6 months should be sufficient, earlier if required. If you are suffering from cavities or fluoride based infection, then the visits must be more regular.

In-between visits to the dentists, personal care is also essential. Brushing and flossing regularly would go a long way in preventing dental problems. Also, smoking and drinking harm your teeth. So take care. Also, some of the infections in teeth occur way before the actual pain starts so it is a good idea to monitor your oral health. So take good care of your teeth and then say ‘cheeesee’.

10 FAQs on Orthodontics

People often get confused about how they will get the perfect solution for their dental problems. While people regularly go to a physician to get their ailments checked, many of them suffer in silence when it comes to dental irregularities, resigned to thinking they have to put up with misaligned teeth for the rest of their lives. This is not uncommon since most people have no clue about how orthodontics differs from conventional dentist practices and to whom it may be of potential use. Here are some of the FAQs about Orthodontics you must read:

1. What is orthodontics? How does it differ from conventional dental practices?

Orthodontics is a division of dentistry, which deals with the diagnosis and providing therapy for problems faced due to teeth and facial irregularities. Orthodontics is a specialization and not all dentists are orthodontists since it requires an additional knowledge and advanced study on orthodontics which is achieved by only 5-10% of dentists overall.

2. Who should consult orthodontists and what is the ideal age for general consultation?

Anybody with an asymmetrical dental and facial structure can consult orthodontists. However, the ideal age recommended is as early as 7 years because the earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to obtain a solution for it. At Apollo White Dental, we insist on “Look before you Leap”.

3. What are the causes of orthodontic problems? Can we avoid it by taking precautionary steps?

Partially, YES. You can avoid it by avoiding practices like thumb/pacifier sucking at childhood. But in most of the cases, the problems arise due to accidents, inherited genetically like crowding of tooth and other irregularities related to jaw and lips.

4. Why is orthodontic treatment necessary?

Who doesn’t want to feel lively, energetic and full of confidence all the time? Also when there are orthodontic problems, people may be subjected to pain in gums, decaying of tooth and other dental related issues. At Apollo White Dental, a bright and happy smile is what we promise to you.

5. What would be the cost of an Orthodontist treatment?

The cost of the treatment varies for different dental issues.  At Apollo White Dental, we recommend the patients to schedule for a thorough initial examination in order to analyze, assess and detect the exact dental issue, thus paving way for the orthodontists to come up with the type of treatment and cost for the same.

6. What will I get to know from the initial examination by an Orthodontist?

Once you go for an initial examination, you’ll get to know about the prevailing orthodontic problems, treatment for the problem detected, the duration of the treatment and the cost for the entire treatment. In short, we provide you a full, thorough analysis of your condition.

7. What is the duration of the treatment?

The duration varies for different cases. It depends on the severity of patient’s orthodontic problems. However, the average time period involved in the treatment would be 8 to 30 months.

8. What are the most common orthodontic problems?

The most common orthodontic problems are overjet/protruding tooth, crowding, deep overbite, spacing, crossbite, lower jaw protrusion. However, we recommend you to schedule an appointment and consult the orthodontist for other extensive details.

9. Do braces hurt? What are the restrictions for a patient who wears braces?

Most patients experience a sense of pain for 2 to 3 days. After few visits to dentist, the patient no longer feels the soreness. The restrictions will be mainly based on food intake for the maintenance of braces. They will be clearly explained in person. After putting on the braces people are generally advised to brush twice a day.

10. Can you tell me about Emergency Appointment and its significance?

There may be a situation where braces could have been broken, or may be causing you an unexpected pain. In those times, we offer emergency appointment to help serve you quickly by fixing an immediate appointment for you. However, we will guide you through telephone in most of the cases.

We hope these FAQs will surely help you take a better decision and get back your flawless smile. If you still have doubts, feel free to call us at 18001-02-02-88.

Wilckodontics – Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics

Wilckodontics (corticotomy) combines orthodontic (tooth movement) and periodontal procedures to obtain the most ideal orthodontic result.

Wearing braces can be an irritating. Many people decline orthodontic treatment because of the time commitment and also because they find the whole procedure a nuisance. Wilckodontics has solved this problem. Many orthodontic cases can now be completed in 8 to 10 months. This is 3 to 4 times faster than conventional orthodontics.

Social obligations are no longer be an overwhelming limitation. With Wilckodontics, less time in treatment translates to less disruption in your personal and work schedule. Due to the shortened treatment time, your Wilckodontics procedure can be scheduled not to interfere with weddings, vacations, or other important social events. The benefits of a shortened treatment are complemented by the quality of a pleasing smile.

Decortication or corpectomy simply means the intentional cutting or injury of cortical bone. While the bony jaws are composed of both cortical and medullary bone in various combinations depending on site and patient demographics, the periodontal surgery of interest in contemporary selective alveolar decortication involves only surgical injury of alveolar cortical bone for accelerated orthodontic tooth movement.

Will there be any discomfort?

Most patients report only minor discomfort from the surgical procedure. Even though discomfort is usually minimal, you can expect minor swelling and possibly light bruising. Both of these findings normally resolve themselves over the first week. The procedure will not impact an average daily routine after the first day or two. Most patients are back to school or work the very next day. Because the supporting bone is softened, many patients do not report significant discomfort, which can accompany wire adjustments in conventional orthodontic treatment. Wilckodontics patients have a much-improved orthodontic experience.

The major benefit of Wilckodontics is the prevention of periodontal problems by creating sufficient bone in areas where the bone is usually very thin or lacking. In other words, having a strong bone foundation should prevent from having periodontal problems (gum recession, furcation invasion, etc.) long term.


Benefits of Wilckodontics:

  • Less time in orthodontic treatment (quicker treatment)
  • Rapid Tooth Movement
  • More Bone to Support Teeth Long Term
  • Lesser Cost than Orthognathic Surgery
  • No Hospital Visit as with Orthognathic Surgery
  • Less Periodontal Problems around Teeth Long Term
  • Less Loss of Gum Tissue (Recession)
  • Less Furcation Invasion
  • Less Root Resorption (Root Resorption can occur with conventional braces)
  • Less Relapse (Movement of Teeth Back to Prior Position) Relapse commonly occurs with orthodontics. This is why wearing a retainer is important after treatment to prevent migration of teeth away from the ideal position.

Courtesy, Dr. Vignesh N, Periodontist, Apollo WHITE Dental, Puducherry

Orthodontic Braces: The secret to that perfect smile!


For some the condition is less severe and doesn’t mandate any treatment, but for others a solution is very much available.

A charming smile is what everyone desires but not everyone is blessed with it. Studies have shown that the prevalence of malocclusion amongst the population of India ranges from 40-70% varying demographically and only a third of them are aware of their condition. For some the condition is less severe and doesn’t mandate any treatment, but for others a solution is very much available.

What is it?
Malocclusion is the variation form normal position of teeth which may be crooked, protruding, or widely spaced teeth. A malocclusion may manifest as a heredity problem or may develop as a result of childhood habits (such as thumb sucking), premature tooth loss, or for reasons unclassified.

Malocclusion is not an oral disease, however it is a condition that affects oral function (such as chewing food & speech), and impairs oral hygiene that leads to tooth decay and gum problems. Compromised facial and smile esthetics that manifests as a result of the malocclusion can lead to lack of self-confidence, and even depression as documented in many survey studies conducted world over.

Signs & Symptoms!
The most obvious sign of malocclusion is the compromised esthetics from irregular teeth position such as protruding front teeth, crowding of teeth, spacing between teeth, deep overlap of front teeth or asymmetrical alignment of teeth. Other symptoms would include difficulty in chewing food, slurred speech and occasional pain in the jaw joint (near the ear).

Who can treat?
Orthodontic treatment is whats required to treat a malocclusion. Dentists who are specially trained to correct malocclusion are called ORTHODONTISTS. They conduct various diagnostic investigations and carry out a treatment procedure that best suits you, based on your needs and requirement.

The Right Time to Visit:
For children dental visits should start at an young age (6 years old) annually, both to help the child become familiar with the dentist and to watch for any early predisposing factors leading to malocclusion. As for adults, besides addressing the esthetic concern, the earlier one gets treated, the lesser is the chance for the occurrence of gum problems and tooth decay resulting from the inability to maintain oral hygiene.

Treatment Overview:
An orthodontist uses a removable or in most cases a fixed appliance to correct malocclusion. Removable appliance are used to intercept a habit or to guide the jaws into proper positioning during the growth stage (8-11 years of age). The fixed appliance (braces / clips) are used to correct the teeth alignment. Treatment usually lasts over a period of 12 to 24 months depending on the complexity of the problem. During the treatment, one has to visit the orthodontist on a monthly basis to tighten the braces which will guide the teeth into correct position.

Orthodontic treatment is easier, quicker and less expensive to treat when they are corrected early, during childhood. The treatment in adults is often successful, but may require a longer use of braces.
To know more about Orthodontic / Smile Designing, feel free to get in touch with our highly qualified and experienced team of dental practitioners at Apollo WHITE Dental. Let them take care of your sparkling smile and that of your kids!


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