The braces process explained.
Braces have been around for hundreds of years and thankfully they have evolved with the times – offering patients a way to fix their teeth and to give them the beautiful smile they have always wanted. While the device can come across as slightly intimidating, new orthodontic technology offers patients a variety of non-traditional braces options. If you are considering braces but would like to know more, keep reading:
First things first, what are the parts that makeup braces?
- Brackets. Made from ceramic, brackets are glued to each of your teeth.
- Wire. The wire is responsible for connecting your brackets. Its role is to assist in pulling your teeth towards one another, promoting correct alignment.
- Glue. The glue links your individual teeth to each bracket, holding it in place.
- Elastic. You are able to choose the elastic for your braces, making it one of the most visible parts of the device. They exist to help connect the archwire and the bracket.
- Spacers. This device goes in between your individual teeth and allows for the bands to be able to fit comfortably through.
- Bands. Their purpose is to connect the archwire to the brackets. If your teeth don’t require much straightening, it’s unlikely you’ll ever have to deal with them.
So how do braces work?
Essentially the device works by exerting pressure on your teeth, promoting movement to the correct positions. This is done mostly by the wire, while parts like the brackets hold it in place.
While braces encourage your actual teeth to move, they also put pressure on the periodontal membrane which lies underneath your gums and shields the lower half of your teeth.
One side of the membrane will stretch out, allowing the teeth to move. The spacing bars and bands will then push it from the other side encouraging enough space for the teeth to safely shift.
The pressure from the braces will help give you a better bone density.
The heat inside of your mouth forces the wire to bend into the curved shape of your set of teeth. But the wire will still want to straighten.
This force is what causes the pressure that moves your teeth into new positions.
How long will the treatment take?
The average length of orthodontic treatment is approximately 2-3 years. However, there may be more than one phase of treatment. Young children, aged 3-7, may only have expansion appliances for 4-8 months to correct narrow dental arches. In older children, phase 1 treatment usually starts around age 7-9 when both baby and permanent teeth are present in the mouth.
No matter your age, profession, or even current confidence level, braces can improve your life and your smile. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how to make this the upcoming year brighter!