Are you planning on getting braces? Are you uncertain where to even start when it comes to getting braces or straightening your teeth? Understanding how braces work can help you to navigate each step of the process through your orthodontic journey. Our experts at Bailey Orthodontics are dedicated to providing superior orthodontic services to meet all of your needs. Here are a few things that are important to understand about how braces work.
Types of Braces
There are several types of braces. Our team can help you to identify the ideal type of braces to meet the specific needs of your own situation. Most types of braces work in a similar manner. They place pressure on the teeth to ensure they can be guided into the appropriate position.
Braces work by leveraging pressure. The brackets, bands, and wires of the braces are designed to place gentle amounts of pressure on the teeth. This pressure is designed to ensure that teeth can be guided into place without being damaged. It is important to work with a professional for this to ensure that the pressure placed on your teeth won’t cause damage.
Orthodontic treatment takes time. The total amount of time will depend on your specific situation and chosen method of orthodontic treatment. It is important to ensure that the appropriate time is given to allow your braces to work. Time is essential in safely moving the teeth without causing damage to your smile.
There are several other tools that may be implemented based on your specific situation. Rubber bands, for example, can be used to place additional pressure on the teeth when necessary. Temporary anchorage devices, palatal expanders, and other tools may be used to ensure that your teeth will be guided into the best position.
Retaining your Smile
Once your braces have completed their task, they will be removed by your orthodontist. At this point, your orthodontist will create a retainer for your teeth. They may choose to use a temporary or permanent retainer depending on your specific needs. It is essential to use the retainer as instructed in order to keep your teeth in their new position. While you may need to wear the retainer more often at the beginning, you will often be able to reduce the amount of time that wearing a retainer is necessary as your teeth become adjusted to their new position.
Ultimately, braces work by using a combination of time and pressure to guide the teeth into their perfect location. After you have your braces removed, it is essential to continue to use a retainer to keep your teeth straight and beautiful. To learn more about how braces work or the orthodontic services that we have available, contact our experts at Bailey Orthodontics today!