How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?
Orthodontic braces exert constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces, therefore, are working every moment throughout your journey. The two main components of your braces are the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of mechanically milled and smoothed metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to create the ideal archshape. The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire returns to its original shape, the resulting pressure that is applied to the teeth results in tooth movement.
Tooth movement occurs via a complex system of cellular interactions. A tooth moves as the application of light orthodontic forces results in bone resorption on the pressure side of the root of the tooth being moved. On the opposite side of the root, or tension side, bone remodeling and deposition results in new bone formation. This process of resorption of bone on the one side and deposition on the other describes how teeth are repositioned orthodontically to reach their desired location.
The most common form of braces and widely used today are the traditional brackets that are chemically bonded to each tooth. These brackets come in a few different forms including metal and clear ceramic to name a couple. The brackets are bonded to each individual tooth and a wire is run through them to provide the movement of the teeth. This wire is replaced throughout the treatment to a heavier wire to provide greater movement.
Ligatures are then used to keep the wire in place. These ligatures come in a variety of colors and are popular with younger patients to jazz up their braces treatment by using school colors and such.
Traditional braces are typically what a person thinks of when the word braces is mentioned. While this is one of the oldest forms of orthodontic treatment, it is still one of the most preferred by most orthodontist and very effective in moving teeth. For cosmetic purposes a patient may decide against this form of orthodontics if they are a candidate of the more invisible and clears forms of dental braces such as Invisalign.
Why are Braces Important?
Braces are one of the things you can do for your kids to insure their oral health throughout their lifetime. Surveys have indicated that people who have had braces look better and feel better about themselves. They live longer and have a statistically lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Braces are not only for kids. Presently, 20% of the orthodontic patients are over 18; people as old as 60 have had successful orthodontic treatment.
Why get braces? Orthodontic treatment improves your smile.
Your smile is the most striking part of your face. Look in the mirror. Do you like your smile now? Can your smile be improved?
Think about how you react to someone with a pretty smile. Do you find them more attractive? Will you be more attractive with an appealing smile?
Orthodontic treatment will make your smile look fabulous. The fabulous smile will last for the rest of your life. Think about how a fabulous smile will improve your life. Orthodontic treatment will also make your face look delightful. Wouldn’t a delightful face be wonderful? Ask Dr. Greenberg if you are a candidate for braces today!