How Do Braces Work to Straighten Your Teeth & Types of Braces?
Our teeth are arranged in a very methodical manner. Adult humans have a total of 32 teeth broken down into 12 molars, 8 premolars, 8 incisors, and 4 canines. When we lose our milk teeth, our adult teeth take their place and remain with us for almost our entire lives. While our adult teeth erupt naturally and take the shape of our lost milk teeth in most cases, sometimes, they erupt in a crooked manner due to a lack of space. When this happens, our teeth appear disjointed, and our appearance is affected. Dentistry has evolved significantly over the years. Braces are one of the oldest and most proven ways to straighten our teeth.
How Do Braces Work to Straighten Your Teeth
By exerting a consistent amount of pressure over a specified period of time, braces help to move your teeth while your jaw gradually adapts to the new positions of your teeth. The brackets of the braces are glued to the teeth and hold the archwire in place which leads to pressure being applied. While our teeth are connected directly to our jawbone, underneath the gums is a membrane which contains periodontal ligaments. These ligaments hold the position of our teeth and are able to adapt by stretching or compressing as teeth move. This membrane reacts to the pressure that the braces apply to our jaw.
How are braces installed?
The installation of braces is usually a painless procedure, and it takes roughly 1 to 2 hours to complete. We have highlighted the steps that we take to install classic braces in patients.
- Bracket adhesion: Before we begin the installation, we make sure that your teeth are completely clean and dry to prevent the chances of bacteria formation. After your teeth are cleaned, ceramic, plastic, or stainless-steel brackets are applied to your teeth using a special glue. These brackets are the key for pressure to be applied evenly to your teeth. They are connected and surrounded by wires made of stainless steel, nickel-titanium, or copper titanium.
- Bands: Elastic bands, called O-rings or ligatures, are placed around the brackets once they’re on your teeth. They add to the pressure on your jaw and are commonly used in brace treatments.
- Spacers: Spacers are made of rubber bands or metal rings. Your orthodontist may place them between your molars during an appointment. Spacers push your jaw forward by adding space at the back of your mouth. They also make room for your braces if the back of your mouth is too tight to fit them properly. They’re only used for a week or two at a time.
- Archwires: Archwires connect the brackets on your teeth. They’re the mechanism by which pressure is applied for your teeth to move into place. Archwires can be made of stainless steel and nickel-titanium or copper titanium.
- Buccal tube: Buccal tubes are metal parts that can be attached to one of your molars. The buccal tube anchors the other parts of the braces together at the back of your mouth. Your orthodontist can then tighten and release different parts of your braces.
- Springs: Coil springs are sometimes placed on the arch wire of your braces. They apply pressure between two of your teeth, pressing them apart and adding space.
- Facebow headgear: The need for headgear is rare, and it’s typically worn only at night. Headgear is a band that attaches to your braces to put extra pressure on your teeth when special correction is needed.
Types of braces
There are various types of braces available, and the choice depends on various factors including your age and condition.
Classic braces: The most common type of braces. They are made up of metal brackets.
Clear braces: Made up of ceramic and are less visible than classic braces.
Lingual braces: These braces are inserted behind your teeth rather than the front.
Aligners (invisible braces): Unlike other options, these are removable and can be taken off and re-inserted throughout the day.
Where can I get my braces?
Park Dental Clinic is the best dental clinic in Dwarka sec7 for getting your braces installed. Dr. Neetu Singh is the best dentist in Dwarka and will ensure that your teeth are nice and straight by recommending the best options and alternatives for braces while making sure that you are comfortable throughout the sitting. By using advanced equipment and specialized expertise, Park Dental Clinic should be your first choice for all your dental needs. Visit us at Park Dental Clinic today!