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How Braces Work

Posted on 5/22/2023 by Rendon Orthodontics
How Braces WorkBraces are dental appliances that are used to realign mismatched teeth and jaws. They function by continuously exerting pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into their proper locations over time. Braces comprise several parts, such as brackets, arch wires, and elastic bands, all working together to provide the intended effects.

Brackets and Arch Wires

Small, square-shaped metal or ceramic brackets are attached to the front of each tooth. These brackets hold the arch wires in place and anchor the braces. Thin, flexible wires called arch wires are inserted through the brackets and put pressure on the teeth to help them move into the correct position. The orthodontist will progressively increase the pressure as the arch wires are adjusted to keep the teeth moving toward optimal locations.

Elastic Bands

The brackets and archwires are joined together using elastic bands, also referred to as ligatures. These bands are available in a variety of colors and can be made to the patient's specifications. By adding more force to move the teeth and aid in proper bite alignment, they play a significant part in braces. The orthodontist may alter the elastic bands during each adjustment appointment as part of the ongoing treatment plan.

Time Required

The pressure from the braces fosters new bone growth around the teeth since the jawbone's bone cells constantly break down and regenerate. As a result, the teeth might gradually reposition themselves. The time needed for braces treatment varies depending on the degree of the misalignment and how each patient responds to treatment. Usually, it lasts between one and three years.

Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential to avoid tooth decay and gum disease during orthodontic treatment. After eating, patients should brush their teeth completely because food particles can easily become lodged in the brackets and wires. Cleaning in between the teeth and around brackets requires the use of floss. Regular checkups and adjustments at the orthodontist are required to track development and change the treatment plan as needed.
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