Getting a basic understanding of how teeth move can help you feel a bit better about what’s going on in your mouth!
How to Move Teeth
Interestingly, moving whole teeth through the bone is not as gruesome a process as it may sound. Your body has a natural response to pressure on teeth, and braces take advantage of this process. The ligament around a tooth root signals the surrounding bone to start a break-down process when force is applied. When the pressure is released, the bone begins a rebuilding process.
With gentle pressure over time, braces actually help reshape the bone around your teeth as they slide into place.
The Components of Braces
Brackets – Cemented onto the teeth and made of metal or ceramic. They act as secure anchoring points for moving teeth with an arch wire.
Arch Wires – The long wire that runs through the brackets, following the arch of your teeth. This is what works the magic of coaxing your teeth back in line.
O-Rings – Rubber bands that wrap around the bracket, securing the arch wire in place. They are changed at most visits, allowing the freedom to choose colors of your own liking.
Other components such as elastics, springs, headgear, retainers, and spacers may be part of your treatment to make it quick and effective.
Braces for Every Situation
No two cases are the same! Braces can be placed for different reasons such as:
There is a technique and tool for every type of tooth movement. An orthodontist can tell you the best and fastest way to straighten your smile. Schedule a consultation to get started!
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