How Braces Actually Work
If you want to get your child’s smile fixed, you may be wondering how braces actually work. You may want to be able to do your research before you take your child to the orthodontist. Here is what you will want to know about braces.
How Braces Actually Work | The Basic Mechanics
When getting braces put on, with the traditional braces, you will see what is called a bracket placed on the teeth that are going to be treated. Your orthodontist will cement them to the teeth. Sometimes they are places behind the teeth. Brackets can be traditional steel, plastic, or ceramic. Plastic and ceramic are used if you so choose for them to be less noticeable. In some patients, a band will also be cemented to the tooth.
Attached to these brackets is a wire that will actually be doing the work to move the teeth into proper alignment. They are affixed to the brackets with rubber bands. These rubber bands are often offered in colors of ones choosing. Some patients will have springs placed on this wire to further control the movement and alignment of teeth. In some cases, there will be rubber bands that are placed on an tooth from the top and bottom of the jaw that will fix the bite.
How Braces Actually Work | Issues They Can Fix
- Closing a gap between teeth
- Fixing the bite of the patient
- Straightening out teeth
How Braces Actually Work | Retainers
After possibly years of wearing braces, when it is finally time to take those things off, your child might feel like they are done with the treatment. However, that is not necessarily the case. Retainers are provided to keep that hard work the braces just did in place. Most patients are required to wear them overnight, possibly more often than that.
You can encourage your child to wear their retainers in whatever way you see fit. Wearing them routinely will be a benefit to them for years to come. Straight teeth are easier to keep in good condition and will therefore present less health problems in the future. Wearing a retainer can even help with snoring by keeping everything where it needs to be as well as speech impediments for that same reason.
If you have any further questions about how braces actually work, please call our experienced WNY orthodontists today to schedule your free screening.