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This week’s question – How do Braces Work?
Braces work by applying continuous pressure over a period of time to slowly move teeth in a specific direction. As the teeth move, the bone changes shape as pressure is applied.
It starts with brackets, which are the small squares that are bonded directly to the front of each tooth with a special dental bonding agent or are attached to orthodontic bands. Brackets act like handles, holding the arch wires that move the teeth.
Then, we use orthodontic bands that are cemented to the teeth with dental bonding agents. They wrap around each tooth to provide an anchor for the brackets. Not everyone has bands.
Next, arch wires attach to the brackets and act as tracks to guide the movement of the teeth.
Rubber bands are used to fasten the arch wire to the brackets. They can be clear or colored. These bands come in a rainbow of colors, so be sure to pick your favorite!
A buccal tube on the band of the last tooth holds the end of the arch wire securely in place.
Springs may be placed on the arch wires between brackets to push, pull, open, or close the spaces between teeth.
Brackets with hooks them might be used, then attached with rubber bands to provide tension that adjusts the jaw.
And that’s how braces work! We look forward to seeing you at your next orthodontic appointment.