Orthodontic treatment refers to the process of aligning crooked or out-of-place teeth in order to achieve a straight-teeth look. Straight teeth are not only important for a good looking appeal, but also affect how a person chews, talks, smiles, and easily cleans their teeth. Over the years, Orthodontic treatment has been carried out with the use of braces or aligners. Braces work by basically exerting gentle pressure on misaligned teeth that are growing or already grown. Over time, this pressure straightens the teeth or forces them to attain the desired alignment.
Orthodontic appliances or braces are commonly made of metal, ceramic or plastic. They may be brackets bonded to the teeth or removable. With advancements in technology, today’s braces are far more appealing and effective than those in the old age. You can opt for metallic colored options or go with a clear option that is less noticeable (commonly preferred by more adults today). There are even modern titanium heat reactive wires that move teeth faster, have less discomfort, and call for fewer appointments.
Braces Have 3 Parts
- Brackets-The parts attached to the tooth
- Bonding /Band-Material that attaches the brackets to the teeth
- Arch wires-The thin metal wire that connects the brackets from one tooth to the other
How Braces Work
Bands are attached to the tooth or teeth and used as anchors for the brackets. Once the orthodontist has attached the brackets, he uses the arch wire to link them together. Arch wires pass through the brackets and are attached to the bands. They play a great role in shaping the teeth as the orthodontist tightens them from time to time to put tension on the teeth and gradually move them to their proper position. Adjustments are made monthly to achieve the desired results, which can take a few months to a few years.
There are also other options available for orthodontic treatment. However, you have to make sure you discuss them with a professional orthodontist in order to determine the best option for your specific case. Call us to schedule your appointment today!