How Do Braces Work?
Braces are the main orthodontic treatment used to correct bite irregularities. Several different types of braces are available today, but all offer the same list of long-term improvements to appearance, comfort, and oral health. Furthermore, different types of braces all achieve results by applying force to the teeth and the ligaments that hold them in place. Here is a deeper look at braces and the way they work.
A look at the structure of braces is key to understanding the treatment process. With bracket-based treatments, brackets are bonded to the teeth and threaded with wires that are then tightened. Precise tightening of the arch wires is what moves the teeth. Clear braces, which use plastic aligners, fit over the teeth and use biting force to make the teeth conform to the shape of the aligners.
The treatment process is unique for each patient and is based on X-rays, photos, and bite impressions taken by our braces dentist. Depending on the types and severity of bite irregularities involved, treatment duration can vary from a few months to more than two years. Patients return regularly during treatment to have their braces tightened or to get new aligners, ensuring that progress proceeds on schedule. Once treatment is complete, patients get aligners to wear so that their results last for life.
Candidacy for different types of braces can vary with age and treatment needs. However, many patients can choose from more than one option. Patients can schedule a consultation with Dr. Allen Sanders to learn more about how braces work.
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