After careful evaluation of your teeth, braces are often the best alternative to correct your orthodontic problems such as crooked teeth or a misaligned bite. Having a straight, beautiful smile will benefit you in many ways. Not only will it increase your confidence in your appearance, you can also avoid more serious dental problems in the future. With the movement of braces, your teeth will slowly be shifted into the proper position over time, and at the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD, we’re here to tell you everything you need to know about your orthodontic treatment.
What Leads to the Movement of Braces?
The traditional approach for braces involves metal brackets and wires. The brackets are attached to your teeth and a metal wire runs through the brackets. Rubber bands are often used as well in order to apply tension. As the wires and bands pull on your brackets, they will make your teeth move. Whether your brackets are made of metal or are ceramic, this is the basic concept behind braces. Even clear aligners work in a similar fashion, applying a gentle force to your teeth that will make them move. As your teeth gradually shift, you are given new aligners to account for that movement.
Self-Ligating Brackets and Heat-Activated Wire May Also be Used
Many advances have been made in the field of orthodontics. Self-ligating brackets will actually apply tension on their own without the need for rubber bands. They go to work all of the time and are more effective, which can mean a shorter treatment time. The same can be said about heat-activated wires that tighten more effectively due to the warming effect of your mouth.
The Process Takes Time
You can’t expect braces to work overnight. As they apply force to your teeth, they affect the soft tissues and bones in your mouth. The shift must be gradual in order to avoid pain or damage. Most patients must wear braces for at least two years. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of your orthodontic problems. Once your braces come off, there is the possibility that your teeth will shift back into old patterns. To avoid this problem, you will be given a retainer to help maintain the position of your teeth. Expect to wear it regularly for about the first year after treatment.
Learn More About How Braces Work
To find out more about how braces will move your teeth to create an amazing smile, make an appointment today at our office in Fort Walton Beach. Our medical team are experts in the movement of teeth and will map out the most effective treatment plan for you. Regardless of what type of braces you choose, you are making a wise choice that will help you to have the smile you always wanted. You’ll be able to keep your teeth health as well once your braces have gone to work. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!