How Braces Work

The principles of how braces work to correct teeth alignment with pressure are centuries old. Braces are the most efficient and exact way of moving teeth. The jawbone is a solid structure surrounding your teeth, but it can change shape in response to prolonged pressure. Braces put pressure on one side of a tooth, as the bone on the other side gives way. The tooth moves slowly into its brand new, correct spot and new bone grows in behind it.  We serve Nashville, Madison, Goodlettsville, and Hendersonville, TN.

Now you know How Braces Work!

Grownup bones are somewhat more compact than kids’ bones, therefore, it takes longer to move adult teeth than to move a child’s teeth. Tooth movement is actually a normal bodily process that allows your orthodontic correction to occur. Your jawbone adjusts to the pressure from your braces, permitting teeth to be moved forward or backwards, outside or in, down or up. The direction of movement depends upon the direction of pressure. Prolonged pressure induces bone to dissolve in the area into which the tooth is moving. As the tooth shifts, the surrounding ligaments stretch, indicating the entire body to fill the gap supporting the tooth.  Find an Orthodontist near me today at SmileMaker Orthodontics and get your braces today!

Brackets are cemented to every tooth to hold the wire in place. Sometimes, bands are used instead of brackets, but with modern systems it’s not necessary to cement a band around each tooth. Brackets and these bands act as a handle on each and each tooth is’ made’ for a specific tooth.

A curved arch wire is deformed by twisting it into the braces. This contorted arch wire runs through all of the braces and acts as a track along which the teeth can be moved. Wires are shifted through the treatment, each change brings your teeth nearer to the perfect tooth location, and with progressively thicker wires added, the attached teeth form a delightfully rounded arch themselves.

Rubber Bands are attached to the top and lower brackets to make the arches fit, after the upper and lower arches are rounded. Rubber bands move your teeth in directions that braces can not. You change out your rubber bands multiple times daily, so that appropriate, continuous force is applied to your teeth.

Each patient’s teeth are very different and so is each person’s orthodontic treatment, but typically, patients must wear braces about 18 to 24 months.

SmileMaker Orthodontics, Dr. Jay Burton, a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and board certified by the American Board of Orthodontics, takes great pride in helping people achieve a beautiful smile in HendersonvilleMadisonGoodlettsville and Nashville, TN.  You can contact our office at (615) 865-6551 or visit our website at https://www.smilemaker.com