How Do Braces Work to Straighten Your Teeth?

A beautiful smile can completely alter the way you look. Many people with some habits such as sucking the thumb or other issues, often have crooked and misaligned teeth. While braces are usually used in adolescence, there is no age limit to use those for straightening your teeth. Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause many gum and jaw problems, too, which can be prevented by getting braces. We all have heard about dental braces, but not many of us know how they work.

Let us see how braces work to straighten our teeth to understand their importance better.


What are Braces?

Dental braces are devices that correct crowded, crooked, and misaligned teeth or jaw (called malocclusion). They are made of metal or ceramic, wires, and bonding material, so your orthodontist can attach them to your teeth. Braces are custom-made according to the patient’s age and their goals. Your orthodontist will also consider any other problem that needs to be fixed along with the alignment of teeth, like over-biting issues. The different types of braces are classic, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, and invisible braces.

Working of Braces to Straighten Your Teeth-

Dental braces are attached individually to each tooth. The archwire puts pressure on your teeth and jawline, and elastic O-rings connect the archwires and brackets together. The archwire is periodically adjusted as the teeth align appropriately over time. Dental braces work by compressing one side of your ligaments while simultaneously stretching ligaments on the other side of your teeth. The bone on the side with compressed ligaments loses blood flow and becomes necrotic. When this happens, the body begins the inflammation process in that part and sends in bone-eating osteoclast cells to remove the necrotic bone. The removal of bone clears the path for your teeth to move in the planned direction. The inflammation and movement of teeth cause pain and discomfort, which subside after a few days.

On the other side, bone-forming osteoblast cells appear where ligaments are being stretched. These cells form new bone around the moved teeth through the process of deposition, which cements the teeth in their new position. The deposition process is slow and can take a long time. It is crucial to keep wearing your retainers to prevent unwanted movement and misalignment of teeth again. The success rate of braces depends on the age when the treatment starts and your goals.

About Fresh Dental Smile Clinic-

Want to achieve a perfect smile with braces? Visit Fresh Dental Smile Clinic. We are dedicated to creating happy patients with healthy mouths and beautiful smiles, as well as committed to providing you with good value, and consistent, reliable, and award-winning dentistry. Our practice, situated just off the York inner ring road, has been designed with patient care and comfort in mind to ensure your dental experience is a pleasure. We offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry as well as high-end general dental treatments, including dental implants, Invisalign, teeth straightening, cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Visit our website, call us at 01904 623687, or email us for more information or to book an appointment.