What about braces makes teeth move?
Even though teeth seem to be firmly fixed in their sockets, all teeth can be persuaded to move when our dentists and dental assistants attach brackets and wires to them called braces. Years ago, all types of braces were made of stainless steel, but with today’s advancement in dental technology there are a number of options for you to choose from. You know have the choice to wear transparent, acrylic mouth trays called Invisalign, or you can rely on the traditional metal braces for correcting your smile.
Arch Wires, Slots, and Brackets – What does it all mean?
If light pressure is put on the teeth, they will slowly move in the direction of the force. Here is an example, fixing brackets to the front of teeth and threading the flexible metal wire through the front of the bracket lets our dentists adjust the arch wire just enough to achieve the desired movement of the teeth. Generally, our patients come back once a month to have the arch wire tightened to keep your teeth moving at a steady pace and moving in the right direction.
As your braces are working, the tissues surrounding the moving teeth will slowly (and, generally, painlessly) stretch. This allows the tooth socket to enlarge so that your tooth and root become temporarily looser. The root will then be able to move without bleeding or pain. Once our orthodontists are happy with the way your teeth have repositioned, they will remove your braces and let the bone material fill the socket in so that your teeth are solidified into their new and straighter positions.
Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign
Both types of orthodontic devices move teeth in the same way. So you may be wondering which option to choose. Clear aligners, like Invisalign, are mouth trays made of a hard acrylic material that you wear for at least 23 hours a day. Unlike the traditional metal braces, Invisalign can be removed for a more comfortable eating experience and teeth brushing purposes. The aligners are also nearly invisible because they are transparent.
Although Invisalign aligners work in the same way as traditional braces, Invisalign is usually reserved for patients with gaps between their teeth or whose teeth are slightly crooked. Your dentist will most likely recommend traditional braces when there are more sever misalignments and teeth need more pressure than Invisalign can provide.
Please call Fairway Dental office if you have any questions! Our knowledgeable staff are waiting to help you.