Orthodontic Braces



Orthodontics uses devices such as the conventional braces to straighten crooked teeth and align misaligned teeth. Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre in Anna Nagar has specialists who correct irregularities of teeth after complete clinical examination, teeth impressions and x-ray films of the teeth and head.
The best solution

All malocclusions including underbites, overbites, open bites, deep bites, crooked teeth and many other flaws are corrected successfully at Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre using cosmetic or structural braces. The doctors at the Centre will decide the best appliance that fits your needs.

Treatment options

Conventional braces can be fixed or removable.

Fixed braces: Contain bands, brackets glued to the teeth with flexible wires to hold it in place. The wires apply the right amount of pressure to move the teeth into position gradually.

Step I: As mentioned moulds of teeth and x-rays are taken in the first appointment and treatment options along with their outcomes are discussed with the patient.

Step II: The treatment plan is outlined and the steps to the treatment are explained to the patient before carrying out the surgery.

Step III: The braces are fit into place and tiny separators are placed in the molar teeth. After one week, the temporary bands are dismantled to insert permanent molar bands. The wires and brackets are also positioned in the same sitting.

Types of braces

Metal braces Metal braces are traditional braces which contain metal brackets and are made of stainless steel. These are the most common type of orthodontic appliance where metal bands wrap around the molars and tiny metal brackets are fitted into the front surface of the teeth. A thin archwire runs through the brackets made of elastic, metal and other different types of clasps

Ceramic braces Ceramic braces are slightly variated from the traditional braces since it is less noticeable. Brackets forming the front part of the teeth are made of ceramic material which is translucent thereby blending with the teeth’s colour.

Lingual braces Lingual braces are conspicuous and are placed on the tongue side. These are made of metal and are hidden behind the teeth.



Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre restore and revitalize smiles with clear, ceramic braces. They make way for a self-confident and an enhanced lifestyle for every individual. Clear braces are the result of technological advances with predictable tooth movement. This removable orthodontic device gradually aligns and straightens teeth.

Ceramic braces are definitely less visible than metal braces. They are made of clear material and are barely noticeable on teeth. Being less prominent, they are always recommended for older teenagers with conscious cosmetic concerns. The materials used in the preparation of these clear braces are brittle and have larger metal brackets than their metal counterparts. Small rubber bands or ligatures hold the braces to the arch wire. The clips need not be retied, since they are self-ligating. Continuous adjustments see to it that the ligatures are changed periodically to avoid staining.


Clear, ceramic braces are made of monocrystalline alumina or polycrystalline the primary difference being their optical clarity.

Monocrystalline alumina is also known as monocrystalline sapphire and the brackets are more translucent in appearance while Polycrystalline has a whitish tooth-colored look. With superior physical strength and good optical properties, alumina has several aesthetic properties. Ceramics tend to be non-porous, non-staining and odorless.

Ceramic braces too come as conventional braces where ligatures or modules are placed to secure the arch wire to the bracket.

There are self ligating braces in ceramic too which do not require ligatures.

  • It is more comfortable to the patient
  • Requires less time than the conventional braces
  • Reduces friction created by ligatures.
  • Placing braces usually takes about one to two hours.
  • First the mouth is thoroughly cleaned.
  • The teeth are then dried.
  • A bonding glue is applied to attach brackets.
  • The archwire is then placed in the brackets which are then secured with elastic bands.

Patients adapt to the braces in about a month. By the end of six months, they are usually not noticed. The length of time that an individual might have to keep the braces is usually varied. It broadly depends on teeth conditions, gum conditions, distance available and to be covered between the teeth and the age of the individual. Sometimes it may take about 2 years for a complete alignment.

Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre uses the 3M brand of Ceramic braces.



Lingual means tongue and lingual braces mean braces that are attached to the interior surfaces of the teeth and the palate. This surface faces and is in contact with the tongue. They are invisible from eye-view. Lingual braces are an option born out of CAD/CAM technology and 3D imaging. These braces offer amazing cosmetic alignment with invisibility. They are also called “inside braces” against other braces placed on the outside.


The first advantage is that it helps in the correction of complex movements such as rotations, varied heights of teeth and closure of extraction spaces. Where discolorations (if any) are visible for braces that are positioned outside in the front teeth, these are barely or not even visible with lingual braces.

The doctor’s challenge

Lingual braces require precision. Forces applied to the inside of the teeth or the not the same as forces applied to the outside of the teeth. The distance between teeth is also smaller. These require lighter and smaller wires. Adjustments are tricky and chair-time is usually more than anticipated. Orthodontists at Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre consist of expert orthodontists that are trained and have practiced lingual braces placement for more than three years.


There are several brands of lingual braces available such as iBraces, Incognito, Suresmile Lingual QT, STb Light Lingual System and In-Ovation. Dental Surgeons at Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre ensure that regardless of the brand, the braces are attached and secured after thorough examination of patient requirements.

Process and Duration

The procedure normally takes about six weeks to fit the lingual braces into place. The duration of treatment lasts anywhere from 18 months to 36 months depending on the individual.

Step I: Impression of the teeth is taken in a plastic mould

Step II: Customized brackets for each tooth are then prepared according to the mould in a laboratory environment

Step III: The brackets are set in wax and preserved in a plastic applicator

Step IV: Cement is applied to the back of the teeth. The jelly has now set and the plastic applicator is broken away. The arch wire is installed providing a mild tension to pull teeth into their place.

At Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre, lingual braces are placed with minimal discomfort and 100% customized to provide patients with the best results. Our lingual ware is new and has been designed to combat tongue irritations and difficulty of speech. Where most orthodontists might use brackets up to 3.5 mm in thickness which is more than 1/8th of an inch, Sparks Cosmetic and Dental Centre uses small, rounded and smooth brackets up to just 1.5 mm in thickness.

Practice Hours

Monday to Saturday

09:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Sparks Dental Centre

  • Spark Dental Centre
    AP-732, G-Block 2nd Street, 11th Main Road, Anna Nagar, Chennai-600040. Opposite To Tamil Nadu Reserve Forest Dept
  • +91-44-42123262, +91-6379749959
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