Braces are orthodontic appliances used to correct crowded or crooked teeth, or a misaligned jaw, known as malocclusion. Generally braces used during adolescence, but these days more and more adults are getting corrective dental braces later in their lives. These Braces are made of metal or ceramic, wires, and bonding material that attaches them to your teeth. An orthodontist is someone who specializes in providing treatment for misaligned teeth with this kind of devices.
Success rates of orthodontic treatment with braces vary depending on various factors such as your age when treatment begins and what your treatment goals are. At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, we believe braces are generally very effective for people who have crowded or crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, but the effectiveness of braces depends on the person and their ability to carefully follow instructions of their orthodontist.
The Components of Braces
To understand the teeth straightening process with brace, we need to know about the pieces and parts in a full set of braces that work to straighten your teeth.
Brackets of braces
Brackets are made of metal or ceramics. At orthodontic experts of Colorado we use dental bonding material — really strong glue that keeps the brackets in place over the course of your treatment — to attach them to each tooth.
Archwire of Braces
The archwire is a thin metal wire that runs between each bracket and puts pressure on your teeth in order to make them aligned or straightened whether it’s up and down or side to side.
The elastic ties that are also known as elastic rings, ligature elastics, or donuts hold the archwire to the brackets. At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, our patients love these elastic ties because they come in a variety of colors! Each time you come into one of our offices to get your braces adjusted, you have a chance to choose a new style.
Depending on your bite, our orthodontist in Colorado Springs may use rubber bands or elastics that hook from a bracket on the upper teeth to a bracket on the lower teeth. These rubber bands create additional pressure to straighten and direct your teeth and jaw into proper alignment.
There are other tools that might be used in some cases during the treatment, such as tubes, hooks, loops, springs, steel ties, and headgear. But you don’t worry, we’ll keep you informed every step of the way.
The Process of Aligning Your Teeth with Braces
Your braces do a lot more than just aligning your teeth. Through a process called bone remodeling our orthodontists apply constant, gentle pressure against your teeth that actually encourages your bones to adapt and hold your teeth in their new positions for the rest of your life.
Here’s how it works. Braces help your teeth move by exerting constant pressure on them for extended periods of time. The shape of your jaw gradually adapts to conform to this pressure. The bracket and archwire work together to push each tooth into the desired position. When our orthodontists first place your braces, they use a narrow, flexible archwire, as your teeth ease into the new force and pressure. Then, as your teeth become straighter, we eventually use thicker archwires that fill more of the brackets’ slots and provide additional pressure.
Once your teeth are moved to the right position, we hold your teeth in place while the bone tissue around your teeth and jaws changes. And now your beautiful new and improved smile is set in place!
How long does it take to Straighten Your Teeth with Braces?
It takes about three days for the bone remodeling process to start. It’s very common for orthodontic patients to feel some soreness in their mouth the first few days or weeks as the teeth and jaw get used to this new pressure. Once the process is in place, it may take about three months to grow new bone, and then 1-3 years to fully stabilize. This is why retainers are so important after completion of orthodontic treatment.
Proper dental hygiene during your treatment is very important as it will make your individual process the most efficient. Our Colorado orthodontist advises proper brushing and flossing. Flossing between each bracket and brushing every curved angle around gums and brackets are extremely important. At Orthodontic Experts of Colorado, we discourage chewing hard candy and gum (unless it’s sugar-free gum), and encourage eating some foods in smaller bites, like slicing an apple instead of biting into it directly.
Getting Started With Braces at Orthodontic Experts of Colorado
If you think you or your family member are ready to talk about orthodontic treatment, contact us today and let us help you take the first step toward a happier, healthier smile.