Dental braces work to straighten the teeth and correct irregularities. Braces typically consist metal brackets that are fixed in place on the teeth, with wires connecting them. Dr. Hassan does a clinical exam of the teeth, takes X-rays, and gets dental impressions before attaching braces to the teeth. Over time, braces slowly shift teeth into their new positions.
Dr. Hassan bonds brackets to the front or back of each tooth and inserts arch wires into them to apply pressure to the teeth. The wires work like guides, applying pressure to move the teeth in the right direction using applied force. This constant stress loosens the tooth in the bone, pulling it in the right direction. As it moves, the bone remodels around the tooth root to keep it secure. The process progresses slowly to protect the bone and teeth, so the discomfort is minimal.
The length of treatment differs from patient to patient. Dr. Hassan monitors the alignment process and makes adjustments to the wires as needed. Alignment is a purposely slow process, and braces may stay on for one to three years. Moving the teeth too quickly may cause them to fall out or fracture. It can also damage the supporting bone. Dr. Hassan takes steps to keep the braces as comfortable as possible throughout the process.
No. While traditional braces are made of metal, there are other types. Ceramic braces have clear or tooth-colored brackets, so they’re less noticeable than metal braces.
Another kind of braces that are semi-hidden is lingual braces. While these are made of metal, the brackets are attached to the backs of the teeth.
Braces and retainers are different appliances with different purposes. Retainers are removable devices that hold the teeth in their new positions after braces are removed, until the supporting bone stabilizes. Some patients who require a small adjustment might only wear a retainer, but most patients wear retainers after the braces come off.
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