- How teeth Move with Braces (Braces)
Knowing how teeth move helps you to understand your orthodontic treatment. Periodontal ligaments surround each tooth holding them to the bones. Braces apply pressure to teeth causing ligaments to stretch or compress. Bone forms and resorbs to make room for the tooth’s new position without taking proper time to move teeth, complication could occur regular appointments will be scheduled to slowly move your teeth.
- Braces to Align Teeth (Braces)
When there is a lack of space in the jaws, teeth may be crowded correcting crowded teeth will improve the health and appearance of your smile. Depending on diagnosis and treatment plan, certain teeth may need to be removed before treatment. Four stages of orthodontic treatment using braces. During leveling and aligning stage, teeth are aligned into U – Shaped arch. Teeth are then leveled to the proper height. Arch wires want to return to their original shape which moves teeth to proper positions. During the correcting the bite stage, teeth are made to fit together properly. This is how teeth should fit together properly. Elastic are sometimes used to correct bite problems. During the finishing stage, minor details of the CUSP/FOSSA relationship are completed. During the retention stage, braces are removed and retainers are fitted for your mouth. Wear retainers as instructed by your dentist so teeth do not relapse.
- How Braces Are Applied (Braces)
Prior to treatment, your dentist will take orthodontic diagnostic records. Your dentist will discuss treatment plans with you after analyzing the records. Spacers are used to make room for orthodontic bands that will anchor the braces. At your next appointment, spacers will be removed, and bands will be placed. Next, a bracket will be bonded to each individual tooth. Teeth are prepared for the brackets. The brackets are bonded in place then archwire to the brackets with power “O”S. During regular scheduled appointments, your dentist will check braces and make adjustments.
- Getting to know Your Braces (Braces)
Brackets are small applications that are bonded to each tooth used to guide the archwire. The archwire aligns your teeth into the desired arch form. Power “O”S hold the archwire to the brackets and are available in various colors. A band is a metal ring that is cemented to a molar to anchor your braces. Hooks are used to connect elastics to other teeth in the jaw to correct the bite. Elastic are rubber bands that are used to help correct the bite.
- Elastic to Correct Bite (Braces)
If teeth do not bite together properly, your dentist may correct this with elastic. By hooking an elastic to an upper and lower tooth, the bite can be corrected.
- Cleaning Your Braces (Braces)
Success of your orthodontic treatment relies in part on proper Flossing and brushing. Three zones are at risk for decay and gum disease. A floss threader will help you floss when you have braces slide the floss threader between the wire and your teeth. Floss around both sides of every tooth going slightly under the gumline. Brush the chewing surfaces of teeth, across the brackets, and along the gumline. Remember to brush all surfaces of upper and lower teeth.
- Clear Aligners (Braces)
Clear aligners can be an alternative to traditional braces to straighten teeth clear aligners are almost invisible and they can be removed for cleaning teeth and during meals. A series of custom fit aligners will be made from impressions of your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for two to three weeks. Progression is checked at each appointment. Once teeth have been aligned, you may be fitted with a retainer