Have you ever wondered how do braces work? How is all the metal and elastics in your mouth going to straighten your teeth? Before you got the braces put in you probably had crooked teeth, a large overbite or some other issued the dentist determined needed help. Your dentist referred you to an orthodontist to help fix this issue and straighten your teeth. So how are they going to help you get a toothpaste smile.
Parts of Your Braces
There are just a couple of basic parts to your braces so let’s go over them now. The metal portion of your braces that are attached to each tooth is call the bracket. The orthodontist will use a bonding treatment to hold the brackets in place. The brackets are attached to each other with archwires. Archwires are thin metal pieces that give the pressure that will eventually move your teeth. There are also elastics that are changed every time you go to the orthodontist to get your braces tightened. Here is what it looks like to have your braces installed.
How Braces Work
During your treatment all the parts of your braces work together to move your teeth into the right spot. The wire and elastics work together to create a gentle pressure, this makes the membranes on one side of your teeth expand and constrict on the other. That helps to loosen your teeth away from the gumline so they can move to the right spit. Don’t worry, the bone grows back and your teeth will be just fine in the new location. The archwire that runs from tooth to tooth is there to act as a guide for where your teeth should go.
Bear in mind that this happens very slowly, most people have braces on anywhere up to two years. If you try and force your teeth to move too fast then you risk actually losing them. Once your teeth reach the spot they are supposed to be in then the membrane and the bone will fill in to support them. This whole process is referred to by orthodontists as remodeling. It starts almost as soon as the braces are places on your teeth and once they reach the right spot it will take roughly 3 months for the bone and membranes to grow in.
The amount of time you have your braces on will depend on the condition of your teeth. It won’t necessarily be the same length of time as other friends and family that already had braces on. Everyone has different teeth placement and bone structure, so don’t be discouraged if you have braces on a little bit longer.