If you or a family member has crooked or misaligned teeth, Dr. Moshena Ahmad may recommend dental braces as a way to correct these problems. You probably know several people who have gone through orthodontic treatment already and are amazed at what a difference it made for them. Whether you choose traditional metal braces or clear plastic aligners, you can expect straighter teeth and an aligned bite in approximately 18 to 24 months. What most people don’t understand is how this happens. One of the most common questions that patients ask after deciding to get orthodontic treatment is “How do braces work?”
How Dental Braces Straighten Your Teeth
Braces apply pressure on the teeth to move into a new position. This pressure causes individual teeth to move by stretching the tissues that surround them. When the tissues stretch, the tooth sockets become looser as well. This enables the temporarily loosened tooth to move into the desired position. If your teeth are very crowded or some of them are overlapping, Dr. Ahmad may need to extract a few teeth before putting your braces on or providing you with clear aligners. This gives the remaining teeth more room to shift.
After your teeth have moved into their new positions, they will assume a new shape and your bones will harden. You are ready to have your braces removed at this point. However, it’s most likely not the end of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Ahmad will fit you with a retainer to make sure that your teeth don’t go back to their former positions. Retainers also help to prevent teeth grinding and clenching, both of which are common problems for people who have grown accustomed to wearing braces. She will instruct you on how long you need to wear the retainer and for how many hours each day.
Learn More about Your Orthodontic Options by Contacting All Star Dental
Each patient has unique needs when it comes to properly aligning their teeth. If you are considering clear or traditional braces, we encourage you to call our office to request a consultation with Dr. Ahmad. After completing an exam, she will let you know which type is best for your situation and what you can expect from the treatment process.