If you or a family member has crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth, you may be considering getting braces. Orthodontic treatment, which typically spans 24 months, corrects these problems to give you a beautiful smile and improved oral health. Besides cost and treatment questions, one thing that patients frequently ask Dr. Moshena Ahmad at All Star Dental is “How do braces work?” Most are not interested in the extremely technical answer but prefer a simple explanation instead.
Straightening the Teeth Through Constant Pressure
The purpose of your dentist putting brackets and wires on your teeth is to force them to move into a new position. The pressure from the appliances causes the tissues in your gums to loosen and the tooth socket to expand. This allows the tooth to gradually move from its current position to the desired one. Eventually, your jawbone will grow around the tooth in its new position to hold in place permanently.
Some patients must have one or more teeth extracted before getting braces to give the remaining teeth space to move.
Some of your teeth may feel slightly loose during treatment, but this is normal and nothing to cause alarm. They will feel more secure as your treatment progresses and will be firmly in place by the time Dr. Ahmad removes your braces.
What to Expect When Your Braces Are Removed
After removing the metal brackets and wires from your teeth or when you have worn your last Invisalign tray, Dr. Ahmad will fit you with a retainer. You should wear this throughout the day and night for the prescribed time. A retainer helps to prevent your teeth from shifting back into the position they were in before orthodontic treatment. It’s also important to continue to practice good oral hygiene skills.
Schedule a Consultation at All Star Dental to Learn More
Whether you have just started thinking about braces or you’re ready to take the next step, we encourage you to contact our office to request an orthodontic consultation. Dr. Ahmad will spend one-on-one time with you answering your questions in addition to providing you with a financial estimate. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile you have always wanted.