How Braces Work to Straighten Your Smile

How Braces Work to Straighten Your Smile

Are you considering getting braces to straighten your smile? Then perhaps you're curious about how braces work. Today our Maple Ridge orthodontists explain how braces work to straighten your smile.

Knowing how the different parts of your braces work may help you to get through your orthodontic treatment without a hitch. Today we explain the role of each individual component of your braces.

How Braces Work

Every tiny component of your braces works with the others to gradually straighten your smile by applying targeted pressure to specific teeth. The pressure applied to your individual teeth gradually moves them into their correct positions over the course of a number of months or years. As your teeth slowly move, the supporting jaw bone also changes shape to make room for the new positioning of your teeth.

Individual Parts of Your Braces

Braces are made up of a collection of small parts, all of which play an integral role in repositioning your teeth. Below are the basic parts that make up traditional metal braces.

  • Brackets - Each bracket is a small square that is bonded to one of your teeth in order to hold your archwire in place. Brackets for orthodontic braces can come in a variety of materials and can be placed on either the fronts or backs of your teeth depending on which type of braces you choose.
  • Orthodontic Bands - The orthodontic bands are made of stainless steel, and function as anchors for your brackets. Orthodontic bands are often only on the back teeth but could play a more significant role in your specific braces treatment.
  • Archwire - Archwires are attached to the individual brackets and create the pressure that moves your teeth. Your archwire could be clear, white or metal, and will be changed at each of your adjustment appointments in order to apply just the right amount of pressure to your teeth.
  • Orthodontic Elastic Ties - Orthodontic elastic ties are the small rubber rings that help to keep your archwires securely fastened to the brackets. Whenever you visit your orthodontist for an adjustment you will be able to pick new colours for your elastics.
  • Elastic/Rubber Bands - These rubber bands are much larger than your elastic ties and attach to hooks on the brackets. These bands are used to apply the pressure that will move your upper and lower teeth into their correct positions in relation to each other, helping to realign and correct your bite.

Wondering which orthodontic treatment option is best for you? Contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today to book a consultation. We can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile.

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