Kennett Square, PA
Most everyone knows what traditional braces are and what they look like when on teeth, but most do not fully understand how they work. Dental braces have been around for decades and used to correct a variety of oral cavity issues including crowded and crooked teeth, overbites or underbites, and jaw misalignment which is also called malocclusion. Though used most widely during adolescence, they are also used for adults. If you have questions regarding your braces or want to discuss getting them placed on your teeth, please contact us today at Greeley Orthodontics.
Traditional braces are typically made of wire, ceramic, and metal and involve using a bonding adhesive which applies them directly to your teeth. They are placed and adjusted during your treatment by an orthodontist who specializes in braces.
While braces can correct a whole host of issues regarding tooth and jaw alignment, it is important to realize success rates can vary widely depending upon the goal of treatment and what age it begins. Success can also be determined by the person and their oral health practices.
Different Types of Braces
Believe it or not, there are many different types of braces. Each one has its own set of benefits. Which one will be used for a specific patient will obviously depend upon their needs and expected end result.
Traditional braces involve metal brackets glued to the teeth and utilizes what is called an archwire to pressure teeth to move to their appropriate positions. As the teeth shift into their new positions, the archwire is periodically adjusted to maintain pressure on the teeth.
There are ceramic braces that are clear and much less visible than traditional braces. In many instances, lingual braces are recommended which operate under the same method as traditional braces except they are attached to the inside of the teeth. The third kind which is more modern is called clear alignment trays. They are clear and can be taken off and on throughout the day. This allows patients to brush and floss their teeth and to eat without the aligner in their mouth.
How are Teeth Moved?
Teeth are moved by the braces and their constant, gentle pressure. This is done over an extended period of time. The braces eventually shape the teeth and jaw into a new and healthier shape.
Other components of braces which can also be used to move and adjust teeth to their new positions include spacers. These are used to maintain the correct space between teeth to make sure they appear even and do not overlap. Bands are also used to provide added pressure to the jaw and teeth and are utilized in most treatments. In some cases, springs can be added to the archwire which is the central component to braces and the overall orthodontic treatment. Springs focus their pressure to specific teeth, helping to properly space them.
For those patients worried about braces and the impact they may have on their lives, please contact us today. We can dispel the myths and give it to you straight. We are here for you. Come see us today at Greeley Orthodontics. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 484-346-6008.