How do braces straighten crooked teeth?
Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main archwire that connects them. The bracket is a piece of shaped metal or ceramic that we affix to each tooth. The archwire is bent to reflect your “ideal” bite. In other words, it reflects the way we want you to look after treatment.
The wire threads through the brackets and, as the wire tries to return to its original shape, it applies pressure to move your teeth. Picture your tooth resting in your jaw bone. With pressure on one side from the archwire, the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves. New bone grows in behind.
Types of Braces:
With all the advances in technology in recent times, there are many types of braces you can choose from. Traditional metal braces are the most widely used. With our self-ligating braces technology, our metal braces are smaller and move teeth faster than ever before!
A popular option among our adult and teen patients is Invisalign & Invisalign Teen. This technology uses clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth instead of metal brackets and wires. Learn more about Invisalign here!
Our newest treatment option is called Kwik Correct, which is a short term cosmetic orthodontic solution. The clear brackets and esthetic wires make this treatment hard to see from social distances. For more information about Kwik Correct, click here!
To find out which treatment option would be the best fit for you, contact our office to schedule your FREE consultation.